Byline: Wendy Hessen

NEW YORK — For the launch of its latest creation, Lucida, Tiffany broke away from its classic cocktail parties at its flagship here in favor of a bash high above midtown at the Sky Club on top of the MetLife Building at 200 Park Avenue.
About 300 industry members sloshed through the beginnings of Hurricane Floyd to view the company’s first new diamond engagement ring in more than five years and hear jazz and pop sensation Diana Krall.
Michael Kowalski, president of Tiffany, described Lucida as a word of Latin origin, which loosely translated means the brightest star in a constellation.
“Rooted in our heritage, but indicative of times to come, Lucida is a diamond of purity and restraint, one of the few diamonds to be allowed to have its own design patent,” said Kowalski, as he introduced Christy Turlington modeling a Lucida engagement ring with a 4.34-carat diamond set in platinum. Turlington’s red strapless Calvin Klein Collection dress was also set off by a Tiffany diamond and platinum necklace called Clover.
After a look at the diamond on Turlington, and more examples of the ring, housed in Lucite panels, guests were treated to a mini concert by Krall.
As they listened, they gazed out on the wet city drenched in Tiffany blue light — courtesy of a laser light show created by Edwin Schlossberg Inc. — which extended from 59th Street all the way to the top spire of the Empire State Building.
Krall, looking every inch a Tiffany woman in a simple black dress and a diamond and platinum necklace, kept her cool despite a somewhat boisterous crowd. She sang four tunes, some of which are cuts from her latest CD, “When I Look in Your Eyes.” Among the tunes were “You’re Getting to Be a Habit With Me,” “Let’s Fall in Love” and “Peel Me a Grape.”