Photos: Presidential Gems at New Tiffany’s in DC

A new exhibition of jewelry from the Tiffany & Co. Archives features pieces worn by presidents and their wives at the company's new store in downtown Washington, D.C.

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An American flag brooch set with alternating rubies and sapphires from the early 1900s.
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A plaster and wood mold of the Great Seal of the United States comissione in the 1880s by President Chester A. Arthur to be used to validate international and U.S. government documents from 1885 to 1902. Tiffany designer James Horton Whitehouse was approached by the U.S. government to submit a new and improved design of the original seal from 1782, but the cast was only used for 17 years.
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A gold necklace set with colored diamonds and a central Montana sapphire of nearly 40 carats designed by Meta Overbeck.
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A gold-and-diamond encrusted bodice ornament in the shape of a bow with a ruby knot from the 1890s. A similar piece was once valued at $2,500 during the Gilded Age.
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President Franklin Roosevelt’s Tiffany & Co. gold face and leather band watch is pictured above. He received the figt from his son-in-law on his birthday in 1945. The inside of the watch’s face is engraved with the message: “Franklin Delano Roosevelt with Loyalty, Respect and Affection January 30, 1945.”
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Part of a set of a necklace, bracelet, brooch and earrings purchased by President Abraham Lincoln in New York in 1862, and given to his wife and first lady Mary Todd Lincoln as a memento of his inauguration. It is featured in many of the first lady’s official portraits. Pictured here are the necklace and brooch.
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A necklace containing 30 tourmalines from Paris, Maine, which were displayed in gem collections shown by Tiffany at 19th-century World’s Fairs. The piece also contains diamonds, citrines and amethysts.
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