The name Elsa Peretti carries a lot of weight in the world of jewelry. Joining Tiffany & Co. as a byline designer in 1974, after a successful turn as a model, the Italian-born jewelry designer created collections so classic that they remained bestsellers for nearly five decades. Her sultry and sculptural pieces – from Bean Design and Open Heart to Mesh Necklace and Bone Cuff – stand out from the organic shapes found in nature, becoming a must-have for jewelry lovers, and truly for anyone who appreciates the timeless design.
“I don’t feel like I need to add much to my collection because I have an incredibly wide range of things,” said Peretti, 80, now retired, living in the Spanish region of Catalonia. “It is part of the secrecy of my business, that it is still valid.”
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Bone Cuff, worn by style icons across generations including Liza Minnelli, Catherine Deneuve and Margot Robbie, Tiffany & Co. has reissued nine of Peretti’s signature pieces with slight twists. The assortment of bone cuffs in gold and silver, for example, features teardrop-shaped gemstones in turquoise, tiger’s eye, and white, black or green jade, which complement the bold, form-fitting style.
She also features an update to her iconic mesh designs, finely woven 18k bibs that are now adorned with 66 round brilliants or an emerald bead, as well as silk cord necklaces featuring aquamarine pendants. , tourmaline or rare South Sea Keshi pearls. Many pieces were made by artisans from the village of Peretti.
A true revolutionary, Peretti’s creations departed from the heavy and ornamental style that traditionally characterized the industry. She changed the perception of luxury, making jewelry more accessible to women on the go, to those who understand the deep appeal of simplicity. Many have since tried to emulate the vibe Peretti created, but as we all know, nothing beats the original.
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