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Elsa Peretti (1940–2021), renowned jewelry designer for Tiffany & Co.

by Linnea Crowther

Elsa Peretti was an Italian jewelry designer whose notable pieces for Tiffany & Co. include her iconic “Bone Cuff” bracelet.

Model and designer

Peretti’s entry into the fashion world was as a model, beginning in the 1960s. She became a favorite of designers including Halston. By the late ‘60s, she had begun designing jewelry. An early notable piece was a tiny, wearable bud vase that would hold a single flower. In 1974, she began designing for Tiffany. Her signature metal was silver, and she helped elevate silver’s popularity and desirability. One of Peretti’s most sought-after designs was the Bone Cuff bracelet, a metal cuff with fluid lines, designed specifically to conform to the left or right wrist. The Bone Cuff has been worn by stars including Sophia Loren, Liza Minnelli, and Grace Jones, and it was seen on Gal Godot’s wrist in “Wonder Woman 1984.” Perretti’s other iconic designs include the Open Heart pendant, an outline of a heart through which a chain feeds, and a bean shape that found its way to necklaces, earrings, and bracelets.

Notable quote

“Good line and good form are timeless. I want my designs to be clear, simple but sublime.” —from a 2020 interview with the Wall Street Journal

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Full obituary: The Washington Post

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