Elsa Peretti, the celebrated jewelry designer known for her iconic creations, has sadly passed away at the age of 80. Tiffany & Co. confirmed her death, describing her as «larger-than-life.» Peretti, a masterful artisan, revolutionized the world of jewelry design with her collections featuring organic and sensual forms, leaving a profound influence that continues to inspire generations.
Born in Florence, Italy, Peretti’s journey led her to Spain in her 20s, where she started her career as a model. Her path eventually took her to New York, where she walked the runway for top designers and caught the eye of fashion icon Halston. Through Halston, she was introduced to Tiffany & Co. leadership, marking the beginning of her illustrious career with the renowned jewelry company in 1974.
In addition to her extraordinary contributions to jewelry design, Peretti was the president and founder of The Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation, dedicated to her father’s memory. The foundation focused on supporting environmental causes, social welfare, human rights, and the preservation of arts and culture.
Tiffany & Co. recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of Peretti’s iconic «Bone Cuff» bracelet, originally designed in the 1970s. In a special collaboration, the luxury label worked with Peretti to reinvent this timeless accessory for an exclusive capsule collection launched at Dover Street Market in November.
Elsa Peretti’s legacy is marked not only by her groundbreaking jewelry designs but also by her commitment to philanthropy and her lasting impact on both the fashion industry and society as a whole. Her memory will endure for generations to come.