Text Review: @mondiaz
Chief gemologist, vice president of high jewelry at Tiffany & Co.
Event: 130th Anniversary of The Tiffany Setting
Vintage piece: Schlumberger’s Ribbon Rosette Necklace with the Ribbon Clip showcasing The Tiffany Diamond
Brand ambassador: Reese Witherspoon
Photography: T Magazine cover of Scarlett Johansson wearing the Tiffany Majestic Necklace with Regal Drop
Quote: “Good design is good business” – Charles Lewis Tiffany
Fashion moment: Launch of Tiffany T
Art pieceg>: Gene Moore 1955 holiday display with The Tiffany Diamond in the hands of a gold wire angel
Royal jewel: Diamond and Emerald brooch from Tiffany’s 1887 French Crown Jewels
Event of the year: Blue Book
When thinking about dream jobs, Melvyn Kirtley’s is definitely on our top list. He is Chief gemologist and vice president of high jewelry at Tiffany & Co. Who wouldn’t kill for this job?! He is responsible for the global strategy and development of the company’s high jewelry category, while also serving as principal spokesperson for the brand, providing gemological expertise to clients and press from all around the world.
He actually started his career at Tiffany & Co. in 1985, which means he has more than 30 years of experience in the matter. Mr. Kirtley’s passion and dedication have contributed to the high standard the brand holds today. He is English, born and raised, until he moved to New York to work at Tiffany as Main floor sales manager… and never left.
We were dying to know everything about Tiffany Diamonds, so we asked him why these gems are so special. “A Tiffany diamond is the most exceptionally brilliant diamond you can find. Precisely proportioned, hand cut, and polished to perfection. It sparkles and scintillates perfectly creating the world’s most quintessential engagement ring”, he said.
Melvyn should be inspired by specific insignia designs from the brand, we thought. “Which are your favorites?” we asked. And he did not hesitate to answer:
- The round brilliant cut diamond in the classic Tiffany 6 prong setting.
- Blue book collection of important high jewelry pieces
- Schlumberger’s remarkable iconic designs.
He also said that in the near future new trends include colored gemstones in beautiful gradated hues and fancy colored diamonds.
He is a clear statement that any person can start at the bottom of a company and get to the top with commitment and passion. Such a role model!