In honour of its 175th anniversary, Tiffany & Co has unveiled Rubedo – a new jewellers’ metal that “harmoniously blends the richness of gold, the brilliance of silver and the warmth of copper”.
According to Tiffany, the new metal “is lightweight yet strong, polishes to a smooth lustre and is exceptionally flattering to the skin”.
“Rubedo metal is the first such creation in Tiffany’s history and takes its place among the most beautiful metals in the world,” the company said.
“Metallurgists experimented with different ratios over a long testing period until they achieved the desired color, radiant with the glow of ‘first light’ that awakens a sense of wonder and ennobles the spirit.
“In the medieval philosophy of alchemy, Rubedo (which means ‘redness’ in Latin) was the title of the very highest achievement, when matter and spirit fused to create something of rare beauty.
“This triumph is perfectly expressed in Rubedo metal.”
The new metal makes its debut in Tiffany’s 1837 Rubedo collection which features the brand’s famous 1837 hallmark as well as the signature of the company’s founder Charles Lewis on several pieces.