Sunday Brunch: Elsa Peretti

March 28, 2021
Dear friends,

This week we honor a trendsetter in the jewelry world, Elsa Peretti. She was revolutionary in sterling silver jewelry design, creating timeless pieces. 
Vogue magazine describes her as “arguably the most successful woman ever to work in the jewelry field.” Sadly we lost a legend when Peretti passed away last week. This Sunday Brunch will highlight some of her beloved designs as well as showcase some pieces that invoke her style.

So grab yourself caviar, vodka and a Gauloises cigarette!!! Some of Peretti's favorites and clearly the breakfast of a champion. Let's dive right in to the story of the illustrious Elsa Peretti.

This Week: Elsa Peretti

1 May 1940 – 18 March 2021

Elsa Peretti was born in Florence, Italy as the daughter of an oil magnate.
She had a rather exciting and varied set of jobs around Europe before landing in the U.S. This included work as a French tutor, ski instructor, as well as working under the architect Dado Torrigani after studying interior design in Rome.
In 1964 Peretti made her way to Barcelona, Spain were she started a very successful modeling career. By the early 70s, she had moved to New York where she became part of a select group of models favored by the designer Halston, aptly called the Halstonettes.
Peretti started to dabble in designing sterling silver jewelry as early as 1969, creating pieces for New York fashion designers. Her first design was a massive success after appearing in Giorgio Sant'Angelo fashion show. Two years later she was designing jewelry for Halston, elevating sterling silver jewelry to luxury status. When she debuted her first Tiffany collection in 1974 it completely sold out in a day. Naturally by 1979 she was Tiffany's leading designer. Her most famous collections include, Diamond by the Yard, Bean, Bone, and Mesh. She revolutionized the jewelry world with playful organic designs that were the perfect mix of bold and feminine.


Advertisement for Elsa Peretti's mesh jewelry collection, Tiffany & Co. 1977

Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Sterling Silver Mesh Scarf Necklace
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1983 Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Sterling Silver Letter "D" Pendant $225

Vintage Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Sterling Silver Ball Point Pen $115

70s Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Sterling Silver Ear Cuffs $325

70s Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Sterling Silver Pendant $195

Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti 18k Gold "Eternal Circle" Stud Earrings $895

Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti 18k Gold "Eternal Circle" Pendant Necklace $1795
Below are some pieces that Peretti could have inspired or been inspired by....


60s Bakelite Bean Necklace $175

Elsa Peretti Bean purses, Tiffany & Co.


20s Gold Filled Chain with Bezel Set Crystals $325


Elsa Peretti wearing her “Diamonds by the Yard” necklaces, photographed by Jill Krementz, Tiffany & Co. 1974

80s Mexican Silverplate Cuff Bracelet $135

Elsa Peretti during a Halston fashion show wearing her Bone Cuffs, Tiffany & Co. c.1970

30s Art Deco Rock Crystal and Czech Glass Necklace $395

Elsa Peretti Sphere necklace, hand-carved rock crystal on a black silk cord, Tiffany & Co. 

60s Chunky Asymmetrical Lucite Bangle $185


Elsa Peretti modeling her Lacquer Bangles

Post 1985 Brunel Sterling Silver Bracelet $450

Advertisement for Peretti's Aegean chain collection, Tiffany & Co. 

Modernist Sterling Silver Double Layer Biomorphic Cuff Bracelet $725


Some of Elsa Peretti's renderings for her Bone Cuff series from Elsa Peretti: Fifteen of My Fifty with Tiffany, Tiffany & Co. 1990
Fun Fact: The famous Bone Cuff was inspired by the bones of monks Peretti stole from Roman crypts as a child.

All items in our Sunday Brunch collections are available for purchase! If you are interested in a piece you've seen, please reply to this email for details on how to buy.

We hope you enjoyed our little homage to the outstanding life and work of Elsa Peretti. Spring is coming on fast, enjoy the sun and please stop by for a visit!

Stylishly yours,

Lara and the team