“This Tiffany brooch really gets around,” a good friend and fellow jewelry writer texted me this morning.
I clicked on the link she’d pasted below the note and saw photos of actor Michael B. Jordan at yesterday’s London premiere of his new film, Creed III. Pinned to his lapel were two Tiffany & Co. Bird on a Rock brooches—one of the world’s most iconic jewelry designs. And I was not surprised! It’s everywhere.
Legendary Tiffany & Co. creative director Jean Schlumberger designed the brooch in the 1960s and it’s been recreated over the years with some major gemstones. But it’s also, thanks to Tiffany’s continual promotion of the brooch (which has included global campaigns showing Jay-Z and a host of male models wearing the brooch), the accessory du jour for famous men in entertainment.
Schlumberger’s inspiration for the brooch was reportedly a yellow cockatoo, which jibed nicely with the Tiffany Yellow Diamond—the original Rock. Now the house offers the style in an array of gems, including pearls. And it’s walked (flown?) more red carpets than a Marvel star these last few years. Here are just a few of the splashy appearances it’s made since 2021.
Top and above: Michael B. Jordan wore an 18k yellow gold and platinum brooch with a 52 ct. amethyst, featuring 71 brilliant round-cut diamonds and a pink sapphire eye. The second brooch is also 18k yellow gold and platinum, but with a 2 ct. aquamarine, multiple round-cut brilliant diamonds, and a pink sapphire.
Jay-Z has worn various Birds since becoming a Tiffany & Co. ambassador with Beyonce in 2021. Here he is at the 94th Academy Awards in a Bird on a Rock brooch with a 55 ct. citrine (top) and wearing an amethyst version at the Grammy Awards earlier this month (above).
Actor Simu Liu (with Hailey Beiber) went shirtless with a citrine Bird on a Rock brooch last month at Tiffany & Co.’s party for its Lock collection in Toronto. (photo: @simuliu)
Hip-hop artist A$AP Ferg, who Tiffany named an ambassador way back in 2018, wore what looks to be an aquamarine Bird on a Rock brooch to last year’s Met Gala.
Former basketball player Dwayne Wade also wore the brooch, featuring a 54 ct. citrine, to the Met Gala.
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