One of the most audacious examples of Tiffany & Co.’s jewelry is this fabulous diamond necklace made for Ellen Garretson Wade. Not being familiar with the name “Wade” is only because I am not a history buff, nor from Cleveland, Ohio. Mrs. Wade’s husband was Jeptha Homer Wade II, named for a grandfather who had founded the Western Union Telegraph Co. in 1856. They were knowledgeable and sophisticated collectors who traveled extensively, often engaging Tiffany to mount the gems they purchased along the way. They were also clients of Louis Tiffany’s firm, Tiffany Studios, and commissioned two mosaic walls and an important stained glass window for the burial vault of Mr. Wade’s grandfather. The Wade family history is a fascinating story in itself, one you might want to check out.

"Her temper was uncertain — and she was not easy, and she was not quiet, or beautiful, except in some dresses in some lights. But the great gift she had was that she understood what was said to her; there had never been any one like her for talking to. You could say anything — you could say everything, and yet she was never servile."

- Virginia Woolf, from The Voyage Out

“You must remember, Madame Harris, elegance is in the details.” 

― Lynn Sheene, The Last Time I Saw Paris


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