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Elsa Peretti

Italian jewelry designer, philanthropist, fashion model (1940-2021)

Elsa Peretti is ...


Born 1 May 1940 in Florence
Died 18 March 2021 in Sant Martí Vell
Age 80 years, 10 months

Sex or gender female
Country of citizenship Italy
Father Ferdinando Peretti
Occupation jewelry designer, fashion model, philanthropist and interior designer
Residence Sant Martí Vell, Rome, Barcelona and New York City
Awards Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic and National Culture Award of Catalonia
Sport skiing
Participant in The Jeweller’s Art – Revolutionaire juwelen uit de jaren 1960 & 1970 and Jewelry: The Body Transformed

About Elsa Peretti

Elsa Peretti was a true icon in the world of fashion and design. Born in Florence, Italy in 1940, she went on to become one of the most influential jewelry designers of the 20th century. Her designs were celebrated for their simplicity, elegance, and timeless beauty.

Peretti's career began in the 1960s, when she moved to New York City and began modeling for some of the biggest names in fashion. But it wasn't long before she began to explore her own creative talents. In 1974, she began designing jewelry for Tiffany & Co., and her designs quickly became some of the company's most popular and enduring pieces.

Peretti's designs were inspired by nature, and she often used organic shapes and materials in her work. Her signature pieces included the Bone Cuff, the Bean Pendant, and the Open Heart Pendant, all of which remain popular to this day.

But Peretti's impact went beyond the world of fashion and design. She was also a committed philanthropist, and she used her success to support a variety of causes, including the fight against HIV/AIDS and the protection of the environment.

Peretti passed away in March 2021 at the age of 80, leaving behind a legacy that will continue to inspire and influence generations to come. As Vogue put it, "Elsa Peretti was a true original, a woman who lived life on her own terms and left an indelible mark on the world of fashion and design."


- "Elsa Peretti, Designer of Iconic Jewelry for Tiffany & Co., Dies at 80" - The New York Times

- "Elsa Peretti, Jewelry Designer and Philanthropist, Dies at 80" - Vogue

- "Elsa Peretti, the Italian Designer Who Transformed Tiffany & Co., Dies at 80" - Rolling Stone

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