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Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.

Italian, 1940-2021

In an era of social upheaval, venerable Tiffany & Co. designer Elsa Peretti reimagined diamonds as jewelry that working women bought for themselves rather than receiving it from a suitor.

By the time the Italian-born Peretti (1940–2021) arrived in New York City, she’d already studied design in Rome, worked for a Milanese architect and taught Italian, French and skiing in Switzerland. She settled on interior design as her potential career path but then chose an altogether different route: modeling. Peretti modeled in Barcelona, Spain, and on the advice of Wilhelmina Cooper — a former model who’d by then founded Wilhelmina Modeling Agency — moved to Manhattan in 1968. When she relocated, Peretti was inspired to pick up jewelry design.

After modeling for designer Halston, the undisputed fashion king of Studio 54, Peretti became his close friend and collaborator, eventually creating jewelry and teardrop-shaped perfume bottles for him. By way of her association with Halston, Peretti took to the disco scene, flourishing in a social circle that included artist Andy Warhol and fashion designer Giorgio di Sant’Angelo.

It wasn’t long before models on di Sant’Angelo’s runway were donning two-inch sterling-silver vases, complete with a rose stem, suspended on leather thongs around their necks. The accessory was Peretti’s inaugural piece of jewelry — she designed it in 1969 after finding a flower vase at a flea market. It was hardly the only time that Peretti found motifs in nature and in organic forms. In the years that followed, her Bean pendant necklace, Starfish earrings and other sensuous accessories would draw on human emotion as well as the natural world around her. Each evocative and wholly versatile design is universally adored decades later, and each was made for a storied American jewelry house with which Peretti would be associated for nearly 50 years.

It was Halston who introduced Peretti to Tiffany & Co. She had her own boutique at Bloomingdale’s by 1972, and her partnership with the firm, which signed the venturesome and unorthodox designer to an exclusive contract in 1974, would cement her place in the lofty annals of jewelry legend. Peretti’s simple but sophisticated designs — the Teardrop collection, her minimalist Diamonds by the Yard necklace and Open Heart ring, to name a few — elevated sterling silver, previously considered unsuitable for fine jewelry, and created an enthusiastic young audience for Tiffany’s offerings. In 1977, Peretti’s designs earned the jewelry house more than $6 million. (In some years, her work has accounted for 10 percent of the company’s sales.)

In 2012, Peretti signed a 20-year, $47.3 million contract with Tiffany & Co., but she passed away in 2021, at age 80. Today, her designs are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the British Museum.

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Iconic Designs from Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
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Open Heart Necklace
Open Heart Necklace
Diamonds By The Yard Necklace
Diamonds By The Yard Necklace
Tiffany Elsa Peretti Bean Design Necklace
Tiffany Elsa Peretti Bean Design Necklace
Tiffany Elsa Peretti Cross Pendant
Tiffany Elsa Peretti Cross Pendant
Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Platinum Cross Pendant Necklace
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in Tustin, CA
We are pleased to offer this Authentic Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Platinum Cross Pendant Necklace. Elsa Peretti, a true pioneer of design, translates all she sees in the natural worl...
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2010s American Contemporary Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.

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Platinum

Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Company 1970s Cuff Bracelet
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1979 Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Company Cuff Bracelet, in a scarce hard to find "Face" design the bracelet measures 1 3/4 inches wide and 2 1/2 inches across. An opening of 1 ...
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1970s Spanish Modernist Vintage Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.

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Sterling Silver

Tiffany & Co. 1981 By Elsa Peretti Drop Mesh Earrings In 18Kt Yellow Gold
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in Miami, FL
Mesh earrings designed by Elsa Peretti (1940-2021) for Tiffany & Co. A vintage pair of long mesh ear-drops, created by Elsa Peretti at the Tiffany Studios in New York city, back in ...
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Late 20th Century American Modernist Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Gold

Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Full Heart Earrings
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Finley crafted in 18k yellow gold. Signed by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. Made in Spain 1 inch diameter
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21st Century and Contemporary Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.

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18k Gold

Elsa Peretti Diamonds by the Yard
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in Litchfield, CT
Circa 2000s, 18k, Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co., New York. Diamonds by the Yard is one of Elsa Peretti's most iconic designs for Tiffany. Infinitely wearable at sixteen and a half inches long and set with 1.25 carats of fine white diamonds (5 Stones, F color VS clarity), this eighteen-karat yellow gold necklace is gorgeous. Well-made to Tiffany's high standards, it is in excellent condition. Remark: “Only Tiffany can...
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2010s American Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.

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Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Elsa Peretti Diamonds by the Yard
Elsa Peretti Diamonds by the Yard
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Tiffany & Co 1982 Elsa Peretti Mesh Scarf Draped Necklace in 18Kt Yellow Gold
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in Miami, FL
Mesh draped necklace designed by Elsa Peretti (1940-2019) for Tiffany & Co. This iconic mesh scarf necklace, is one of the most iconic Peretti's designs that she made for the Tiffan...
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1980s North American Modernist Vintage Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.

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Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

TIFFANY & Co. Elsa Peretti 18K Gold Teardrop Pendant Necklace
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in Los Angeles, CA
TIFFANY & Co. Elsa Peretti 18K Gold Teardrop Pendant Necklace Metal: 18K Yellow Gold Chain: 16" long Pendant: 12.5mm long Weight: 4.90 grams Hallmark: "T...
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2010s American Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.

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18k Gold

TIFFANY & Co. Elsa Peretti Platinum 5 Diamond Stacking Band Ring 5
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in Los Angeles, CA
TIFFANY & Co. Elsa Peretti Platinum 5 Diamond Stacking Band Ring 5 Metal: Platinum Size: 5 Band Width: 2.7mm Weight: 5.30 grams Diamond: 5 rou...
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2010s American Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.

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Diamond, Platinum

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Open Heart Necklace
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As Italian jewelry designer Elsa Peretti (1940–2021) told the New York Times in 1978, “All my work comes out of my life; I’m gifted and see lines and shapes where no one else does.” For her Open Heart necklace, that shape was in the void of a semi-abstract sculpture by English artist Henry Moore, an open space that, to her, resembled a heart. The undulating lines of Peretti’s heart pendant are open so that a chain can be pulled right through and it can move freely with the wearer, one of the ...
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When Elsa Peretti (1940–2021) arrived at Tiffany & Co. in 1974, diamond jewelry was not fashionable with the younger set, especially in the United States, which was still mired in recession. The ornate diamond confections popular in previous decades were neither suited to the office nor the disco dance floor — and they were too expensive for an ordinary person to buy, anyway. That did not deter Peretti. Diamonds by the Yard, which was among her earliest work for the brand, featured a neck...
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  • 1stDibs ExpertJune 30, 2023
    Elsa Peretti was a revolutionary jewelry designer and model who is known primarily for the work she did for Tiffany & Co. In an era of social upheaval, she reimagined diamonds as jewelry that working women bought for themselves rather than receiving from a suitor. She had her own boutique at Bloomingdale’s by 1972, and her partnership with the firm, which signed the venturesome and unorthodox designer to an exclusive contract in 1974, would cement her place in the lofty annals of jewelry legend. Peretti’s simple but sophisticated designs, such as the Teardrop collection and her minimalist Diamonds by the Yard necklace, helped establish a young audience for Tiffany’s offerings. Her visionary work elevated sterling silver, which was previously considered unsuitable for fine jewelry. On 1stDibs, find a collection of Tiffany & Co. pieces.

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