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The Five Things You Need To Know About Tiffany & Co.'s Latest Jewellery Collection

It’s been three years since Tiffany & Co. debuted a fashionable and trendy jewellery line. That collection was the Tiffany T, a series of smiley-shaped pendants and dainty rings that look like an abstract version of, you guessed it, the letter T. Fast forward to 2017, and the New York jeweller has a bolder proposition for fine jewellery that is accessible and can be worn with practically any get-ups.

Called the Hardwear, the range of 18K yellow gold and sterling silver earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces dropped in stores over the weekend. It also builds on the retro revival of ’70s-style jewellery and appetite for hefty industrial-looking pieces. Here, we give you an unabridged guide to everything you need to know about the collection.

#1: It all began in 1971
This advertisement in 1971 features the inspiration of the entire collection. The unisex bracelet in the image, with its ball and lock design, was created for Tiffany & Co. by one of its in-house designer Donald Claflin. He was known for whimsical and bodacious creations which saw him work with materials like leather and crafting bijoux that were inspired by characters in children’s story books like Humpty Dumpty.   #2: Its name is not a typo
That’s the actual spelling of Hardwear — a play on the word “hardware”. It was one clever touch that Tiffany & Co.’s former design director Francesca Amfitheatrof gave to the collection. Trivia: It was one of her swansong projects before leaving her post in January. #3: There's a 'Chinese linking rings' situation happening
That is a reference to the illusion you get watching magicians pass through iron links through each other. Why that analogy, you ask? Because the links in the Hardwear comes with the same, seamless effect.   In fact, one choker-style necklace features graduated links that shift in scale with a clasp that appears like it has disappeared into the piece. That’s what we call #skills. Like this? Here’s one British brand that does jewellery which is perfect for stacking. #4: Drop it like it's hot
Drop earrings, that is. Tiffany & Co. pays homage to Claflin’s (see point 1) penchant for statement earrings, with a minimalist take on shoulder dusters. Four styles are available, featuring the motif of the balls and links.     #5: They're really accessible everyday jewellery
Prices range from $345 for a sterling silver ring to $18,800 for an 18K yellow gold wrap necklace featuring the ball and lock motif. #5: They're really accessible everyday jewellery
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