Out of the past

Some like it hot and that includes Tiffany & Co.

This spring the iconic Manhattan jeweler – and its equally iconic Blue Book of goodies for customers to drool over – celebrate all that jazz, anything-goes flappers, the Roaring ’20s, the sleek beauty of Art Deco and the city that remains its most perfect expression, New York.

It’s no surprise that the company should seek inspiration in the Jazz Age. The approximately 200 pieces in the 2013 Blue Book include some of the designs Tiffany created with Oscar-winning production and costume designer Catherine Martin for Baz Luhrmann’s film of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal 1925 novel, “The Great Gatsby,” slated for release May 10. Much of the inspiration for the feathery diamond headbands, multistrand bracelets, flowering rings and ropes of pearls that appear in the film – which stars Leonardo DiCaprio as the mysterious Jay Gatsby, a man tragically in love with an idea of a woman – came from the Tiffany Archives.

In turn, Tiffany has been inspired anew by that time. Necklaces and drop earrings echo the Chrysler Building, that bauble of Jazz Age dreams and still one of the finest extant examples of Art Deco, the elegantly angular style that defined the periods between the two world wars. Dazzling stones and hand-carved onyx fan out on black lacquer. Diamonds in richly saturated pink, orange, blue and green capture the brilliant pastel palette of the ’20s.

After savoring these Blue Book designs, you’ll be forgiven if you feel that you, too, like the characters in “Gatsby,” are but “boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

For more, visit tiffany.com.

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