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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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Average Sold Price
US$2,440
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Iconic Designs from Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
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Open Heart Necklace
Open Heart Necklace
Bean Design Earrings
Bean Design Earrings
Diamonds by the Yard Necklace
Diamonds by the Yard Necklace
Band Ring
Band Ring
Tiffany & Co. Victoria Tennis Bracelet Set in Platinum
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in Miami, FL
RETAIL PRICE: $28,000.00 BRILLIANCE PRICE: $22,000.00 Inspired by the fire and radiance of our superlative diamonds, Tiffany Victoria uses a unique combination of cuts for ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.

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Diamond, Platinum

Vintage Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Open Heart Ring in 18k Yellow Gold
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in London, GB
A beautiful Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. open heart ring set in 18k yellow gold. The ring depicts the iconic Elsa Peretti open heart design and elegantly curves round the finger. ...
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Early 2000s Retro Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.

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Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Elsa Peretti Tiffany & Co. Black Nephrite Jade 18 Karat Gold Touchstone Necklace
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Featuring a substantial 62.0 mm touchstone pendant of black nephrite jade Opaque and very dark grayish green with very fine natural mottling - exhibits excellent polish Carved as a...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.

Materials

Jade, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Gold

Tiffany & Co Elsa Peretti 18 Karat Gold Diamond Square Ring
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Tiffany & Co Elsa Peretti 18 Karat Gold Diamond Square Ring This state-of-the-art ring by Tiffany & Co, Elsa Peretti is truly second to none. The square face is set with diamonds. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.

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Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Elsa Peretti Tiffany & Co. Gold & Pearl Rosary
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful rosary. Made by ELSA PERETTI for TIFFANY & CO. 18K yellow gold set with seed pearls. A sleek sculpted figure suspended from a 2 3/4" chain, which is attached to a 19" go...
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1990s Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.

Materials

Pearl, Gold, 18k Gold

Elsa Peretti Tiffany & Co. 18 Karat Yellow Gold Teardrop Vintage Earrings
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Earrings are designed as swooping teardrop forms. With high polished gold finish throughout. Completed by kidney wire ear-hooks. Stamped 750 for 18 karat gold. Fully signed Elsa Pere...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.

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Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Elsa Peretti Tiffany & Co. Jade 18 Karat Gold Round Vintage Earrings
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Earrings are designed as 25.0 mm round carved jade disks with circular contour. Translucent medium yellowish green with dark green mottling. Suspended from wire ear hooks terminating...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.

Materials

Jade, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Elsa Peretti, Tiffany & Co. Extra large Bean Earrings
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in Bethesda, MD
From Tiffany & Co., A pair of Elsa Peretti Bean earrings. These are the large versions measuring 1 1/2 inches long by 11/16 of and inch wide. 13 grams.
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1990s Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.

Materials

18k Gold

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Bean Design Ear Clips
Bean Design Ear Clips
Average Price
US$3,600
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Bean Design Ear Clips
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Styles
Modern
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