Tiffany blue–the colour of the box–was created solely for Tiffany by Pantone, and is not in their swatch books.
Turns out that even Tiffany can't get their blue uniformly right, as blogger Annie Elliott of Bossy Colour noted of the signage at the Philadelphia store: "This is teal. It is cheap. It is tacky. It has too much yellow in it. It is too dark."
I'm looking for the original robin's egg hue in clothing or accessories. If green, it would be a tender leaf, if pink, a glass of rosé, if yellow, the lemon longing for your squeeze. But this blue! A sunny-morning spring sky.
A woman visiting friends' last week wore a robin's egg pashmina, longsleeved white tee, jeans, and light tan (Barbados trip). I admired the burst of lush colour in our bare, early spring. "It keeps the vacation going" she said.
Tiffany are promoting the daylights out of it. You can wear 'their' hue as a turquoise and diamond pendant, $4,900. Too garish and jeune fille for me, but I find the enamel and silver scooter charm ($150) rather raffish.
(I dislike the brand-pandering,
self-referential Tiffany items. They can do so much better. Or could.)
If I find a scarf or bag precisely this colour, I'll pounce. Oh, or driving loafers!
In the meantime, someone has supplied their approximation of shade (Pantone 1837, the year the company was founded) as a colour chip here.
My only doubt is caused by the fact that Pantone have decreed Turquoise as the Colour of the Year for 2010. A cousin of Turquoise, will the delicate robin's egg crack through overexposure?