Friday, January 27, 2017

Tiffany & Co.

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads

Tiffany & Company Challenge
February 1 - July 31, 2017

Since most of us probably won't get a little blue box this Valentine's Day, let's treat ourselves to a shiny, new challenge from Tiffany's.

1. Tiffany & Company (usually just called Tiffany or Tiffany's) is an American worldwide luxury jewelry and specialty retailer, headquartered in New York City. Tiffany markets itself as an arbiter of taste and style; few American companies have such an illustrious history. 
◈ Read a book where someone works with jewelry (designing it, making it, selling it; tell us how) OR read a book in which the author or the main character is named Tiffany OR read a book that takes place in NYC.
Over the Edge Meredith Wild 2/19/17

2. Founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young in 1837 as a "stationery and fancy goods emporium," the store initially sold a wide variety of stationery items, and operated as "Tiffany, Young and Ellis" in Lower Manhattan. The name was shortened to Tiffany & Company in 1853 when Charles Tiffany took control and established the firm's emphasis on jewelry. 
◈ Read a book with any type of store or shop on its cover (post the cover) OR read a book with two or more person’s names in its title OR read a book that takes place during the 1800’s.
The Story of Jax and Payton Anita Claire 2/23/17

3. Unlike other stores at the time in the 1830s, Tiffany clearly marked the prices on its goods to forestall any haggling over prices. In addition, against the social norm at the time, Tiffany only accepted cash payments, and did not accept payments on credit. 
◈ Read a book where a character likes to flaunt deviance from social customs OR read a book with any type of money or price tag on its cover OR read a book in which the main character owns his or her own business.
Sting Sandra Brown 2/10/17

4. The first Tiffany's mail order catalog, known as the "Blue Book," was published in 1845; publishing of the catalog continues in the 21st century. The Tiffany catalog is one of the first catalogs to be printed in full color and was free until 1972. Tiffany's mail-order catalogs reached 15 million people in 1994. 
Read a book with any type of mail item on its cover (letter, stamp, postman) OR read a book published between 1972 – 1994 (inclusive) OR read a book with a “15” in its publication year. 
(letter and 2015)
Shadow of a Century An Irish Love Story by Jean Grainger Shadow of a Century: An Irish Love Story Jean Grainger 2/12/17

5. As one might guess, the blue color of the “Blue Book” was a color known as Tiffany Blue and was selected by founder Charles Lewis Tiffany. Also referred to as robin’s-egg blue or forget-me-not blue, this distinctive color may have been chosen because of the popularity of the turquoise gemstone in 19th-century jewelry. 
◈ Read a book with a Tiffany Blue cover (this list may help) OR read a book that is currently popular (on a "most popular books this month for February - July 2017; tell us which month) OR read a book where the first letter of each word in its title may be found in “CHARLESLEWISTIFFANY” (all words count; three word minimum).
The Wicked City Beatriz Williams 2/10/17

6. Tiffany Blue was later adopted for use on shopping bags, as well as in advertising and other promotional materials. True to the founder’s vision, the Tiffany Blue Box® became an icon of luxury and exclusivity. 
◈ Read a book with a character who works in marketing or advertising OR read a book with a wrapped gift (any color) on the cover (post the cover) OR read a book whose main character's LAST name starts with a letter found in ICON (tell us the name).
(Alex Cassidy).
The Trouble with Love Lauren Layne 2/24/17

7. In 1862, Tiffany & Company supplied the Union Army with swords (Model 1840 Cavalry Saber), flags and surgical implements. In 1919, the company made a revision to the Medal of Honor on behalf of the United States Department of the Navy. This "Tiffany Cross" version was rare because it was awarded only for combat, using the previous design for non-combat awards. 
◈ Read a book that occurs during the American Civil War or during WWI OR read a book with a cross or a sword on its cover (post the cover) OR read a book with “MEDAL” or “HONOR” in its title.
Creed's Honor Linda Lael Miller 3/18/17

8. In 1867, Tiffany & Co. was the first US firm to win an award for excellence in silverware at the Exposition Universelle in Paris. In 1878, Tiffany won the gold medal for jewelry and a grand prize for silverware at the Paris Exposition. These international prizes gave the Tiffany brand name added prestige. 
Read a book with a gold or silver object on its cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover) OR read a book that takes place in Paris OR read a book in which a main character receives an award for something (tell us what).
The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle The Marriage Lie Kimberly Belle 2/6/17

9. An insignia that would become the famous New York Yankees "NY" logo was struck on a police medal of honor by Tiffany & Company in 1877. The Yankees adopted the logo in 1909. 
Read a book in which a police person is a main character OR read a book about baseball OR read a book that takes place in New York City.
Saving Grace Norah Wilson 2/6/17

10. From the start, Tiffany was known for their quality diamonds; however, in 1887 when Tiffany bought the French Crown Jewels this attracted publicity and further solidified the Tiffany brand's association with high-quality diamonds. 
◈ Read a book involving diamonds (i.e. smuggling, illegal selling, searching for; tell us how they are involved) OR read a book about royalty or with a royal character OR read a book with a jewel-toned cover (post the cover).
Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson, #8) by Darynda Jones Eighth Grave After Dark Darynda Jones 2/22/17

11. A true “Tiffany Diamond” is a fancy yellow diamond of extraordinary fire and beauty. Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet wore a necklace of rare yellow diamonds designed exclusively for her appearance at the 2010 Academy Awards®. 
Read any book that has been made into a movie OR read a book published in 2010 OR read a book with a pale yellow cover.
(currently filming).
The Death Cure James Dashner 4/11/17

12. In 1902, after the death of Charles Lewis Tiffany, his son, Louis Comfort Tiffany, became the company's first official Design Director. Louis is best known for his stained glass lampshades and windows. At the Exposition Universelle (1900) in Paris, he won a gold medal with his stained glass windows The Four Seasons. 
Read a book featuring a father and his son OR read a book with a lamp or window on its cover (does not have to be stained glass; post the cover) OR read a book that has a season (spring, summer, winter, fall/autumn) named in its title. 
Frigid Affair by Jennifer Foor Frigid Affair Jennifer Foor 2/3/17

13. In 1956, legendary designer Jean Schlumberger joined Tiffany, and Andy Warhol collaborated with Tiffany to create Tiffany Holiday Cards (circa 1956-1962). Andy had yet to become a cultural icon in pop art. Today some of his cards turn up at auction houses and sell for thousands of dollars. 
Read a book that takes place during the Christmas holiday season OR read a book whose author is named Andy (Andrew, Andrews, Andie etc. are all acceptable) OR read a book in which at least one scene take place at an auction (tell us where).
All the Little Liars Charlaine Harris 3/5/17

14. In 1968 Lady Bird Johnson, First Lady of the U.S. at the time, commissioned Tiffany to design a White House china-service. The 2,208-piece Johnson china was decorated with American wildflowers and embellished with the American Eagle. Lady Bird broke tradition by having Tiffany and Co. design the china; previously, all presidential china had come from Lenox. The total cost was $80,028.24. 
Read a book with flowers, birds, or dishes on its cover OR read a book in which a lavish dinner party is held OR read a book in position #80, #800, or #2208 on your TBR.
Always by Sarah Jio Always Sarah Jio 2/24/17

15. Since 1940, Tiffany's flagship store has operated at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street in Manhattan, New York City, U.S. The polished granite exterior is well known for its window displays, and the store has been the location for a number of films, including Breakfast at Tiffany's, starring Audrey Hepburn, and Sweet Home Alabama, starring Reese Witherspoon. 
◈ Read book #57 on your TBR (sorted however you choose) OR read a book in which a character is a film maker or actor OR read a book with at least one scene in Tiffany's - this list may help.
Darkest Journey Heather Graham 3/1/17

16. Tiffany has one item in stock that cannot be bought for any price. And that is one of their iconic blue boxes. The rule of the establishment is ironclad, never to allow a box bearing the name of the firm, to be taken out of the building except with an article which has been sold by them and for which they are responsible. 
◈ Read a book with a box (of any kind) on its cover; post the cover OR read a book in which a character cannot obtain something they desire (tell us what) OR read a book whose publisher’s name starts with a letter in BOX (disregard a/an/the). 
(2 witches want to destroy everyone who went against them) 
Shadow Rites Faith Hunter 2/8/17

Tiffany Designers & Collections

17. The Great Gatsby Collection, named for the 1925 literary classic by F. Scott Fitzgerald, who was a leading figure of the time and a Tiffany customer, captures his characters’ privileged lives with modern versions of their Tiffany jewels that glittered through posh parties and summer soirées at grand estates, fueled by jazz and bubbling champagne. 
◈ Read or re-read The Great Gatsby OR read a book that takes place during the Jazz Age (1918 - 1929) OR read a book with an exceptionally wealthy character.
Demon Hunting With a Dixie Deb Lexi George 2/1/17

18. Hired by Elsa Schiaparelli, the famed couturier, to create jewelry for her collections, Jean Schlumberger rose to become the most acclaimed jewelry designer of his time. In 1956, Schlumberger joined Tiffany & Co. where his nature-inspired designs were quickly embraced by the world’s most fashionable women including Elizabeth Taylor, legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland and Babe Paley. 
Read a book with only natural items on its cover (show us the cover) OR read a book that takes place in the 1950’s OR read a book in which fashion design has a significant role (tell us what).
Because You're Mine by Colleen Coble Because You're Mine Colleen Coble 3/29/17

19. When Florence-born Elsa Peretti joined Tiffany in 1974, her organic, sensual forms revolutionized jewelry design and seduced the world. The Elsa Peretti® Open Heart is one of the most celebrated jewelry designs of all time. The tactile, evocative curves spoke to modern women of the 1970s, and its worldwide popularity continues today. 
◈ Read a book published in the 1970’s OR read a book with a strong, independent woman OR read a book that takes place in Italy.
Slip of the Knife Denise Mina 2/2/17

20. Created to honor the date of the company’s founding, the Tiffany 1837™ collection is inscribed with the historic year. In celebration of its 175th anniversary, the collection features Tiffany’s RUBEDO® metal in a limited-edition series of designs inscribed with Charles Lewis Tiffany’s signature. 
Read a book in which an anniversary of any kind is commemorated (tell us about the anniversary) OR read a book whose ISBN number contains all four digits – 1, 8, 3, & 7 (numbers do not have to be in order) OR read a book whose location begins with a letter in RUBEDO (tell us the location).
(20th anniversary of a child's death) 
Stirred Nancy S. Thompson 2/13/17

21. The Tiffany T Collection uses a strong, graphic form of the letter T which simplified, deconstructed, extended, and bent into jewelry that has an extraordinarily beautiful clarity. 
Read a book whose title (disregard a/an/the) begins with the letter “T” OR read a book whose author’s first or last initial is “T” or read a book on your TBR whose position number begins with a “T” (i.e. two, ten, two hundred; tell us the book’s position.)
Tumble Into Love J.H. Croix 2/5/17

22. Keys from the Tiffany & Co. Archives inspired the Tiffany Keys collection of pendants and charms that are an intriguing invitation, a promise of adventure. 
◈ Read a book with a key on its cover (post the cover) OR read a book from your personal archives (owned or on TBR > 2 years) OR read a book with “Adventure” on its main GoodReads page.
Summer Desserts Nora Roberts 3/27/17

23. Return to Tiffany® takes its inspiration from a 1969 design and pays tribute to the celebrated Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York. Expanded in 1997 to include women’s and men’s jewelry and accessories, it is now one of Tiffany’s most recognizable collections. 
Read a book in which a character is returning home after an extended absence (at least one month; tell us who) OR read a book whose cover shows a universally-known symbol (tell us what; post the cover) OR read a book that takes place in NYC* (*note: if you have already used the ‘takes place in NYC' for EITHER task #1 or #9 above, you may not use this option now).
Flirting with Disaster Ava Catori 2/3/17

24. For over 150 years, women of all ages have coveted and collected Tiffany charms. In the 1940s, Tiffany crafted patriotic charms that were popular with U.S. servicemen who would personalize bracelets for their girlfriends and wives. Today, the exquisite keepsakes celebrate love, milestones and favorite pastimes in a way that’s quintessentially Tiffany. 
◈ Read a book in which some kind of event or milestone is celebrated (tell us what) OR read a book in which a character receives a gift OR read a book marked “Romance” on its main GoodReads page.
Accidentally on Purpose Jill Shalvis 2/2/17

25. Born in Paris to Pablo Picasso and Françoise Gilot, Paloma Picasso is a true artist in her own right, celebrated for a boldly original style defined by brilliant colored gemstones. She started making jewelry as a teenager. Soon she was designing fashion jewelry for legendary couturier Yves Saint Laurent. In 1979, Picasso was invited by Tiffany design director John Loring to create a table setting for one of Tiffany’s exhibitions. A year later, the designer’s first exclusive collection of jewelry was introduced at Tiffany. 
◈ Read a book whose author’s initials are P.P. OR read a book where a character has a famous parent (fictional or non-fictional) OR read a book with a set table on its cover (post the cover). 
Hate F*@k: The Complete Story Ainsley Booth 2/3/17 


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