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Journey Of a Tiffany Diamond




Tiffany diamonds radiate intense beauty. In handcrafting the world’s most exceptional diamonds, we work to ensure high quality, beautiful artistry and responsible practices every step of the way. Tiffany directly acquires our diamonds from trusted sources and proudly provides provenance (region or countries of origin) and the craftsmanship journey for every newly sourced, individually registered diamond we set. Discover the worldwide journey that a Tiffany diamond takes to be worthy of the Tiffany Blue Box®.


STEP 1: RESPONSIBLE SOURCING


We source our rough diamonds from countries such as Australia, Botswana, Canada, Namibia, Russia and South Africa.


We source approximately 65–75% of our stones as rough diamonds. All rough diamonds are sourced either directly from a known mine or from a supplier with a limited number of known mines. We encourage high standards in the mining industry to protect human rights and ecologically sensitive lands.


STEP 2: PREPARATION


The headquarters of Tiffany’s diamond operation is in Belgium.


Only 0.04% of the world’s gem-grade diamonds meet our exacting standards. We send the rough diamonds we do accept to our workshop in Antwerp, Belgium. Here, we record the origin and sort for size, color, clarity and fluorescence, before creating each individual diamond’s unique design, to ensure the most beautiful diamond possible.


STEP 3: CUTTING AND POLISHING


Tiffany owns cutting and polishing workshops in Botswana, Mauritius, Belgium, Vietnam and Cambodia.


We expertly cut and polish the majority of our diamonds at Tiffany workshops, and procure select polished diamonds from trusted suppliers who comply with our traceability, quality, social and environmental standards. We are proud to hire locally, invest in communities and provide a living wage.



STEP 4: GRADING AND QUALITY CONTROL


Tiffany operates gemological laboratories in the U.S., Cambodia and Vietnam.


We inspect our diamonds at our network of Tiffany Gemological Laboratories in the U.S., Cambodia, and Vietnam. Grading oversight and quality validation occurs in New York, where grading and quality standards are set.



STEP 5: SETTING


Tiffany sets the majority of its diamonds at its workshops in the U.S.


A setter individually adjusts each prong and basket to reveal the beauty of the stone, requiring great accuracy and artistry. Our workshops meet high standards for safety, cleanliness and a productive, welcoming environment.



STEP 6: TIME FOR THE BLUE BOX


A Tiffany diamond is now ready to be placed in its Tiffany Blue Box® and bag, made with paper from sustainable sources, including FSC®-certified and recycled materials.


By ML staff. Images courtesy of Tiffany & Co.