"the 1889 Paris Exposition... Tiffany orchid pin...
a 1994 Wall Street Journal article mentioning the Tiffany orchid pins...
In 1889, Tiffany produced 25 Orchid brooches for the Paris Exposition. There, the company won the gold medal for jewelry, largely due to the pins,
which were exact duplicates of a natural orchid...
Produced as a limited edition, the Expo brooches disappeared into private collections... Several of the originals are in the permanent Tiffany & Co. collection.
In 1993, an orchid brooch from the Expo sold at Sotheby's for a record $415,000.
Measuring about 2 inches by 1-1/2 inches"