I love Tiffany jewlery and Maria, so I can't wait to buy a piece of this collection

Tiffany & Co. Launches Maria Sharapova Collection
Tennis champ to wear jeweler at eight Grand Slam tennis events
Thursday, May 22, 2008
(NEW YORK) As if Maria Sharapova needed any more shine.

Today, Tiffany & Co. announced that it has signed a two-year partnership with Sharapova. The iconic Fifth Avenue jeweler will outfit the world's top-ranked player in women's tennis in eight different pairs of earrings over the next eight Grand Slam tennis events, including the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. and Australian Opens. First up: The French Open from May 25 to June 8 at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. Sharapova will wear a pair of $1,150 yellow gold Elsa Peretti Wave earrings that cut a striking profile without adding weight.

While Tiffany has dressed the 21-year old Russian for Grand Slams dating back to 2005, this deal marks the company's first official partnership with a tennis player. Sharapova catapulted to fame in 2004, when she beat Serena Williams to take the Wimbledon title at the age of 17. Tiffany is currently sponsor of the U.S. Open, providing the champion trophies. The company has no other affiliation with the three other Grand Slam events.

Tiffany has also accessorized Sharapova's custom French Open tennis dress. The "Paris dress," by Nike is a 1920s-inspired ultra-light design that is finished with a luminous Tiffany pearl button closure that fastens at the back of the dress. Designed in collaboration with Sharapova, the performance Dri-Fit dress is dark obsidian blue with contrasting chalk white satin ribbons and double layered pleated skirt.

"Maria Sharapova is a longtime friend of Tiffany and a champion on and off the court," said Linda Buckley, vice president of worldwide public relations for Tiffany. "It gives us great pleasure to accent her on-court look with earrings that epitomize both the quality of her championship play and Tiffany's reputation for design excellence."

During each event, the pair of earrings Sharapova wears on court will be available immediately for sale at Tiffany's stores worldwide. "The group of earrings, Tiffany for Maria Sharapova, will give customers and fans alike easy access to the jewelry worn by the three-time Grand Slam winner," the company said in a release. Corresponding to each respective tournament period, there will be a special grouping at each Tiffany's store showcasing the Tiffany for Maria Sharapova collection. As each tournament is played, so too will the special grouping increase.

"I am very excited about Tiffany for Maria Sharapova and to partner with my favorite jeweler," Sharapova said in a statement. "Elsa Peretti's earrings feel as beautiful as they look and I am thrilled to wear them at the French Open."