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Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. Stud Earrings

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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Creator: Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
TIFFANY Open Heart Stud Earrings in Sterling Silver 925 Elsa Peretti
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Pre-Owned 100% Authentic TIFFANY & CO Elsa Peretti Open Heart Stud Earrings in Sterling Silver 925 PRODUCT NUMBER: 60020166 RATING: B...Very Good, well maintained, shows minor signs...
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2010s American Romantic Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. Stud Earrings

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Tiffany & Co. Eighteen Karat Gold Elsa Peretti Vintage Earrings
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Eighteen karat yellow gold vintage Elsa Peretti open heart stud earrings by Tiffany & Co Earrings measuring 11mm in diameter The simple shape of Elsa Peretti Open Heart earrings cele...
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Vintage Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. Full Heart Stud Earrings in Yellow Gold
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A lovely vintage pair of Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. full heart stud earrings set in 18k yellow gold. Each earring is composed in the iconic Elsa Peretti full heart motif. The he...
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Vintage Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. Rounded Bean Earrings in 18k Yellow Gold
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A beautiful vintage pair of Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. rounded bean earrings set in 18k yellow gold. Each earring is composed in the iconic Elsa Peretti round bean motif. The be...
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Vintage Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. Open Heart Earrings in 18k Yellow Gold
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A beautiful pair of vintage Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. open heart earrings set in 18k yellow gold. From the now discontinued Elsa Peretti open heart collection, each earring dep...
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Elsa Perretti for Tiffany & Co. Lapis Lazuli 18K Gold Stud Earrings
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
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A pair of 18 karat (18K) yellow gold stud earrings by Elsa Perretti for Tiffany & Co, designed as a lapis lazuli swirl. One earring back stamped ‘Tiffany & Co © 18K’, the butterflies...
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Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti 18 Karat Yellow Gold Bean Earrings
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Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti 18 Karat Yellow Gold Bean Earrings Earrings measure 0.83 inch by 0.43 inch. Signed Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti
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Vintage Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. Full Heart Earrings Set in Yellow Gold
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A beautiful vintage pair of Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. full heart earrings set in 18k yellow gold. Each earring is composed in the iconic Elsa Peretti full heart motif. The hear...
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Elsa Peretti for Tiffany and Co. Open Heart Earrings Eighteen Karat White Gold
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Tiffany & co by Elsa Peretti earrings 18 karat white gold open heart earrings Earrings with straight posts and friction push backs Measuring 0.43x0.43 inch Weighing 2.5 grams Hallma...
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2010s American Contemporary Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. Stud Earrings

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