April 1, 2021


A Remembrance of Jewelry Designer Elsa Peretti

I got the Elsa Peretti blues.

I woke up this morning to her image staring knowingly into the camera. The image was part of her obituary. Peretti’s kohl-lined, world-weary eyes seemed to ask “Who are you to look at me?”

I was unexpectedly pierced with sadness. Not just for her. For me.

My mother, an unheralded writer, singer, artist, was drawn early on to Peretti’s jewelry from Tiffany’s. The familiar robin’s egg blue catalog started featuring her striking sterling silver designs, which seemed very avant-garde, in the mid-1970s. The open, off-center heart necklace, the tear-drop shaped earrings, the bone cuff

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Remembering Elsa Peretti, Tiffany Designer and Former Halston Model

“A force of nature.” “Larger than life.” “A part of culture.”

Those were just a few words used to describe Elsa Peretti, the jewelry designer and former model who died in her sleep Thursday night at age 80. Friends, former colleagues and others recalled Peretti’s joy of life, her immense creativity and, above all, her generosity.

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According to a statement from her family office in Zurich, and the Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation, the designer, known worldwide for her designs for Tiffany & Co., “passed away in a village close to Barcelona, Spain” of natural causes. Peretti

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Elsa Peretti, famed Tiffany & Co. designer, has died

Elsa Peretti, the famed jewelry designer for Tiffany & Co., has died, according to a statement from the company. She was 80 years old.

Peretti died in Spain on Thursday, March 18, according to a statement from her foundation.

“Elsa was not only a designer but a way of life,” the statement from Tiffany & Co. said, describing her as a “larger-than-life” person who “touched everyone at Tiffany & Co.”

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Elsa Peretti is seen in New York on December 10, 2009. Credit: Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

“A masterful artisan, Elsa was responsible for a revolution in the world of

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Elsa Peretti, fashion model and renowned jewelry designer, dies at 80

Her death was announced in a joint statement from her company and the Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation. The cause was not disclosed.

When Ms. Peretti moved to Barcelona to become a model in the mid-1960s, her wealthy Italian family cut off financial support to her. She became part of an artistic enclave that included surrealist artist Salvador Dalí before moving to New York in 1968.

“I arrived with a black eye, from my lover, who didn’t want me to go,” she later recalled to Vanity Fair.

With her tall, elegant appearance, she became a favorite model of designers, including

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Famed Tiffany jewelry designer Elsa Peretti dead at age 80

Elsa Peretti, who went from Halston model and Studio 54 regular in the 1960s and ’70s to one of the world’s most famous jewelry designers with timeless, fluid Tiffany & Co. collections often inspired by nature, has died. She was 80.

She died Thursday night in her sleep at home in a small village outside Barcelona, Spain, according to a statement from her family office in Zurich and the Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation.

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,

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