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Elsa Peretti Jewelry

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 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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Creator: Elsa Peretti
Elsa Peretti Tiffany & Co. Diamond Platinum 22MM Open Heart Pendant Necklace
By Elsa Peretti
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Comprised of a cable link chain suspending a heart pendant Stylized and pierced with sleek, sinuous edges Bead set with round brilliant cut diamonds Weighing approximately 0.35 car...
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1990s Elsa Peretti Jewelry

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Diamond, Platinum

Exquisite Elsa Peretti Large Hoop Earrings - Tiffany & Co. 18K White Gold
By Elsa Peretti
Located in New York, NY
Step into the world of luxury with these stunning Elsa Peretti-designed Large Hoop Earrings from the iconic Tiffany & Co. collection. Each earring is meticulously crafted from lustro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Elsa Peretti Jewelry

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Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

Elsa Peretti Tiffany & Co. 2000 Diamond 18 Karat Yellow Gold Open Heart Pendant
By Elsa Peretti
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Designed as a sinuous pierced open heart pendant With bead set round brilliant cut diamonds Weighing approximately 0.14 carat total Eye clean and bright Completed by high polish fini...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Elsa Peretti Jewelry

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Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Large Open Heart Gold Necklace
By Elsa Peretti
Located in Bethesda, MD
Elsa Peretti’s most celebrated icon, the open heart. This is the large 18kt gold open heart on a 32″ chain. Original designs copyrighted by Elsa Peretti. • Metal:18 Karat Yellow Gol...
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1990s Elsa Peretti Jewelry

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Gold

Elsa Peretti Tiffany & Co. Diamond Platinum Open Heart Pendant Necklace
By Elsa Peretti
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Designed as a 1.0 mm cable link chain suspending a pierced open heart pendant Sinuous with bead set round brilliant cut diamonds Weighing approximately 0.02 carat total Eye clean a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Elsa Peretti Jewelry

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Diamond, Platinum

Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Solid 18 Karat Gold 'Beans' Necklace
By Elsa Peretti
Located in Berkeley, CA
This iconic Elsa Peretti necklace is a beautiful halo around your neck. The 'beans' are solid gold and have a nice weight to them. You can wear it alone or layer with your other favo...
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2010s American Modernist Elsa Peretti Jewelry

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Gold, 18k Gold

Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Pearl Yellow Gold Mesh Necklace With Earrings
By Elsa Peretti
Located in Zurich, Zollstrasse
18k Yellow Gold Pearl Mesh Necklace and matching earrings by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. With 55Pearls from 5mm to 4.5mm. Comes in the original Tifanny & co Box. Length of neckl...
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1980s American Contemporary Vintage Elsa Peretti Jewelry

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Pearl, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

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TIFFANY & Co. Elsa Peretti 18K Gold Diamond 11mm Bean Pendant Necklace
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TIFFANY & Co. Elsa Peretti 18K Gold Teardrop Pendant Necklace
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Tiffany & Co. Platinum Diamond Elsa Peretti Open Heart Pendant Necklace
By Tiffany & Co.
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TIFFANY & Co. Platinum Diamond Elsa Peretti 22mm Open Heart Pendant Necklace Metal: Platinum Weight: 11.30 grams Chain: 16" Pendant: 22mm wide Diamond: round brilliant diamonds, ...
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TIFFANY & Co. Elsa Peretti Platinum 11mm Open Heart Pendant Necklace
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in Los Angeles, CA
TIFFANY & Co. Elsa Peretti Platinum 11mm Open Heart Pendant Necklace Metal: Platinum Chain: 16" long Pendant: 11mm wide Hallmark: TIFFANY&Co. ©Elsa Peretti PT950 SPAIN Condition: ...
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Vintage Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Open Heart 18k Gold Pendant Necklace 15mm
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in Birmingham, GB
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Tiffany & Co. 18ct Yellow Gold Elsa Peretti 11mm Bean Design Pendant
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
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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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Tiffany & Co. 925 Silver Elsa Peretti Nugget Bean Ball Necklace
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in San Fernando, CA
Tiffany & Co. 925 Sterling Silver Elsa Peretti Nugget Bean Ball Necklace Hallmark and Metal: Tiffany Co. / Peretti / 925 Chain 16" Pendant .45" weight 6.8gr In good looking condition...
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Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Open Heart Diamond 18k Yellow Gold Pendant Necklace
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in Birmingham, GB
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Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Open Heart Platinum Pendant with Diamond and Chain
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Located in Sherman Oaks, CA
Gorgeous Open Heart Pendant by Elsa Peretti Platinum Heart w/ Five Pave Set Diamonds Total Carat Weight = .03 carat Approximately 15 mm Across Includes 16" Platinum Chain A Great Deal!
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Tiffany & Co. 18 Carat Yellow Gold Elsa Peretti Open Heart Pendant
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
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Elsa Peretti Tiffany & Co. 1980's Jasper 18 Karat Gold Bean Pill Box Lighter
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Located in Philadelphia, PA
Designed as a sinuous organic "bean" shaped form of carved jasper Opaque reddish-orange in color with subtle tan and black matrix Hinged to function as a lighter when paired with lig...
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Elsa Peretti Tiffany & Co. 18 Karat Yellow Gold Open Heart Pendant
By Elsa Peretti
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Designed as a sinuous yellow gold heart With pierced center and organic edges With high polish finish Stamped for 18 karat gold Fully signed for Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti, Spain Ci...
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Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti 18K Yellow Gold Open Heart Pendant #15666
By Elsa Peretti
Located in Washington Depot, CT
Vintage Tiffany & Co. 18 Karat Yellow Gold Open Heart Pendant- This elegant open heart pendant is crafted in beautifully detailed 18K yellow gold by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. ...
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Tiffany & Co. 18K Gold Wave Ring
By Elsa Peretti
Located in Boulder, CO
This beautiful 18K gold Tiffany's ring is designed by Elsa Peretti. It is part of her Wave collection which "recalls the fluid lines of the undulating sea." It has elegant rows of ...
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Elsa Peretti Tiffany and Co Open Heart Pendant
By Elsa Peretti
Located in Towson, MD
18kt yellow gold Open Heart pendant made by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany and Co. The pendant measures 7/8 inches wide by .75 inch long. $1425 NEW with chain on the Tiffany and Co website...
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Elsa Peretti Tiffany & Co. 1.00 CTW Diamond Platinum Vintage Station Necklace
By Elsa Peretti
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Designed as cable chain featuring fived bezel set round brilliant cut diamond stations Weighing approximately 1.00 carat total - F/G color with VS clarity With high polish finish Sta...
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1990s Elsa Peretti Jewelry

Vintage Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. Fitted Band Ring in Platinum
By Elsa Peretti
Located in London, GB
A stylish vintage Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. fitted band ring set in platinum. The ring is composed of a solid 2-millimetre platinum band which is slightly curved in the centre ...
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Tiffany Co Elsa Peretti 1982 Very Rare Free Form Pendant Buckle Solid 18Kt Gold
By Elsa Peretti
Located in Miami, FL
Statement pendant-buckle designed by Elsa Peretti (1940-2021) for Tiffany & Co. An impressive free-form piece, designed at the Tiffany Studios by Peretti back in the 1980's. This be...
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Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti 18K Yellow Gold Button Earrings
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Located in Chevy Chase, MD
A great pair of earrings to wear for every occasion! These earrings designed by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. are very simple and elegant. They are a round button with a small dim...
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Elsa Peretti Sterling Silver Padova Letter Opener for Tiffany & Co
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Located in Atlanta, GA
Elsa Peretti’s designs are as striking as the lady herself. Her unique pieces for Tiffany & Co. are an artistic combination of organic forms and sculpture. Ms. Peretti created the P...
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Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. Estate Diamond Bracelet in Platinum
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Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful estate Elsa Peretti for T&Co bracelet featuring 3 stones in platinum. Simple and classic, this piece will never go out of fashion. Length is 7". Mint condition.
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Elsa Peretti for Tiffany Gemini Cuff
By Elsa Peretti
Located in San Antonio, TX
18k gold cuff depicting 2 figures embracing. Signed PERETTI, Tiffany & Co. SPAIN 1982.
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Elsa Peretti jewelry & watches for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a range of Elsa Peretti jewelry & watches available on 1stDibs. Each of these unique items was designed with extraordinary care, often using gold. While looking for the most stylish antique or vintage Elsa Peretti jewelry to pair with your ensemble, you’ll find that Elsa Peretti diamond jewelry & watches, from our inventory of 2, can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look. We have 13 pieces in this collection as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider jewelry & watches by Margot De Taxco, Emilio Pucci, and Pekka Piekäinen. Prices for Elsa Peretti jewelry & watches can differ depending upon gemstone, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $425 and tops out at $12,900, while pieces like these, on average, can sell for $1,775.
Questions About Elsa Peretti Jewelry
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 3, 2024
    What happened to Elsa Peretti was that she retired from her work as a designer in 2021 and then passed away later that year. After working as a model, the Italian-born Peretti moved to Manhattan in 1968 and became interested in jewelry design while furthering her modeling career. Through working with Halston, she became known 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. 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. Peretti signed a 20-year, $47.3 million contract with Tiffany & Co. in 2012. Find a diverse assortment of Elsa Peretti jewelry on 1stDibs.
  • 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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