Tiffany & Co. is known for its jewelry (and lamps from a long past era). In the recent past, Tiffany has widened its offerings and price points to accommodate a range of customers and product types, including sterling silver jewelry, barware, table accessories, flatware and decorative objects. Several years ago, my parents received a Tiffany Rock Votive candle holder from a neighbor for Christmas. At the time I think it was a $40 item, although in the past two years its price has climbed to $50.
Although my parents like it and use it, they don’t care for it any more than anything else in their house. I however am mildly obsessed with it. Let me explain why.
First, it is very heavy, very substantial. I know it’s glass so it’s going to be heavy, but it even feels more heavy than its price would imply. I like heavy and I like substantial.
Second, it casts a beautiful, fractured light. Because its surface is almost tumbled (although I’m sure nothing at Tiffany is ever tumbled), the the beams of light are cast in all directions, so even looking straight at it doesn’t require looking directly into the beam of a flame. And at that, the ‘jagged’ sides are in fact quite smooth and well-polished, which is nice. I love picking it up and just holding it.
Third (and more generally), it is just such a classy, understated addition to a coffeetable or dining table. I just love its size, its weight, the ergonomics of it. Definitely a nice product for a reasonable price (it is Tiffany, after all).
Picture: Tiffany & Co.