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Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.

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
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TIFFANY & CO Elsa Peretti Gold Heart Charm Bracelet Estate Fine Jewelry
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in Montreal, QC
Iconic TIFFANY & CO Elsa Peretti 18K Yellow Gold open Link Bracelet, suspending a Heart Charm. Marked: Tiffany & Co. 750 and signed: Elsa Peretti SPAIN. Measuring approx. 7”l x 0.20...
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Late 20th Century Modernist Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.

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Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver Swan Minaudiere Rare, 1980s
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Getting her start as a runway model for notable designers such as Halston and Issey Miyake, Elsa Peretti soon shifted to become renown in another realm of luxe fashion: jewelry. Afte...
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1980s Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.

ELSA PERETTI c.1974 Tiffany & Co. Large Sterling Silver "Bean" Necklace RARE
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
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ELSA PERETTI c.1974 Tiffany & Co. Large Sterling Silver "Bean" Necklace RARE Brand / Manufacturer: Tiffany & Co Collection: “Bean Design” Elsa Peretti Designer: Elsa Peretti Styl...
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1970s Vintage Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.

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Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Product details: The bracelet is designed by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. It is made out of 18 karat yellow gold. Measurements: inner circumference is 7", the width is 1/2", the h...
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1990s Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.

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1stdibs Exclusive from Three Over Six Brand: Tiffany & Co Style: Halter Top / Bikini Size: 78.5cm Circumference Material: Sterling Silver 925 Series: Circa 1975 Stamped: Tiffany & C...
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Vintage Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Platinum and Diamond Band Ring
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Product details: The ring is designed by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany and Company. It is made out of 950 Platinum and approximately 0.20 cts. of round brilliant cut diamond. the ring is...
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Late 20th Century Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.

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Diamond, Platinum

Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co Sterling Silver Signature "Heart" Book-Mark
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Elsa Perelli for Tiffany & Co Sterling Silver signature "Heart" Book-Mark, measures 2 1/8 inches in width, and 2 inches in height. Made in Italy.
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Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Sterling Silver Freeform 10 Bean Necklace
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
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BY TIFFANY & Co Metal: Sterling silver Circa: 1980’s Condition: very good, needs polish Length: 30" Weight: 26.8 grams Width: 13mm each bean Stamped Hallmarks Elsa Peretti The arri...
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1980s Art Deco Vintage Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.

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