Born in Florence and educated in Rome and Switzerland, Elsa Peretti went to New York in the late 1960s to be a model. It was in the Big Apple that she started designing jewellery, which led to a collaboration with Halston. She eventually joined Tiffany & Co. in 1974, adding home accessories to her repertoire. Peretti would stay with the New York institution until her passing on March 18, 2021. She was 80.
One of the most stylish women of her generation, Peretti was also one of the most successful jewellery designers; in 2021, Tiffany & Co. famously paid her a one-time multi-million fee. Her legacy will live on in her jewellery, which has been described by Vogue as "sculpture as jewellery, and the most sensuous jewellery in the world.”
Here are 5 of her most legendary creations for Tiffany & Co.: