Diamond and jewellery franchise Tiffany & Co needs no introduction to Cairo: even the most die-hard cynics find it hard to resist the surge of butterflies-in-the-stomach and squeals of joy at the sight of the little blue box. From Aubrey Hepburn’s iconic film to that chart-topping pop song 'Breakfast At Tiffany’s', the implications of a Tiffany keepsake have us dreaming up stories of true romance.

Egypt has a total of two official branches in Cairo: in Mohandiseen’s Fifth Avenue and Giza’s First Mall. We recently perused the glossy display shelves of the Tiffany & Co. in Four Season Giza’s stately First Mall to take a peek at the stock.

The shop itself is small and accessible, with displays separated between colourful pendants, earrings and rings of semi-precious stones to the classic lockets and charms on chunky chains, with a stand-up display of Charmed by Tiffany charm ornaments featuring hearts, shamrocks and miniature padlock lockets in both gold and silver.

Of course, Tiffany’s features a healthy selection of his and her engagement and wedding rings. The selection varies from delicate, hair-thin models in gold with a platinum stripe detail to heavier models with a trademark Tiffany & Co. engraving, with gold models for ladies and platinum and sterling silver models for gentlemen.

With barely a handful of branches in Egypt, patrons would do well to make their requests for more specialised orders in advance; not all ring sizes and metals are available in every item, and the trendier items such as the silver heart pendant necklace sell out regularly.

While we did not spot anything from the glitzy diamond and pearl Tiffany Signature collection, we did see a fair show of Return to Tiffany hearts in gold, in rose gold and silver. The largest gold hearts sell for 2890LE, while the smallest of the heart pendant in rose gold sells for 2000LE. Tiffany Keys are also available in silver and gold in various sizes. Remember that pendants are sold separately from chains, of which you have a wide selection to match to your desired ornament.

The crowning item at the time of our visit was a pair of earrings with chunky amber and amethyst set in gold. After learning of the 30,000LE-price tag, we decided to leave them behind the glass and keep dreaming.