From Acclaim to Obscurity—and Back Again

Paulding Farnham, Tiffany & Co.'s head jewelry designer from the 1890s through the early years of the 20th century, was a pivotal figure in the history of jewelry design. He established Tiffany as a world-class jewelry house, winning gold medals at international exhibitions in the 1890s and early 1900s. Working with Tiffany's renowned gemologist, George Frederick Kunz, Farnham created pieces that showcased American gems never before used in jewelry, pushing the field in new directions and changing the public's taste in the process. René Lalique, among others, was clearly influenced by his style. In addition to his jewelry creations, Farnham designed silver pieces and hollowware for Tiffany and sculpted the prestigious Belmont Stakes horseracing trophy and the Adams Vase, housed at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Yet until the 1990s, Farnham was hardly a household name, ev
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