Tiffany’s star jewellery designer with a decade of coveted designs, Elsa Peretti was a visionary woman.
The famed Italian jewellery designer behind some of Tiffany & Co’s elegant pieces, Elsa Peretti, passed away on March 18. She was a member of the Tiffany family since the yard line began in 1974. “Elsa was not only a designer but a way of life,” Tiffany & Co. said, describing her as “a woman who was larger-than-life”.
Peretti’s sculptural cuff bracelets, bean designs and open-heart pendants are among her most recognizable work. She lent her classical aesthetic to functional goods, too, including bowls, magnifying glasses, razors and even a pizza cutter done in sterling silver, a metal she favoured and helped popularize as a luxury choice.
A masterful artisan, Elsa was responsible for a revolution in the world of jewelry design. Her collections of organic, sensual forms have inspired generations. Elsa’s relationship with style and the natural world was profoundly personal and strongly reflected in her creations. Over the past nearly 50 years Elsa has created some of the most innovative jewelry and object designs in the world. Elsa explored nature with the acumen of a scientist and the vision of a sculptor.
Elsa’s poetic designs and legacy will remain a constant inspiration for generations to come. Not only this, Elsa had always been inspired by nature and lived her life dedicated to giving back to the world from which she drew so much inspiration. She believed that taking care of and protecting our planet is a duty of all of humanity. She was committed to supporting the environment, social welfare, human rights, as well as the preservation of arts and culture.