Vintage Elsa Peretti Gold Necklace for Tiffany and Company

This article previews a vintage gold necklace designed by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany and Co. Read more about Elsa Peretti, her designs, and how she got started.

Action Review – Elsa Peretti Tiffany Necklace for Sale at Auction

The 18k gold Mesh necklace weighs 32.10 grams and is marked Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. Dimensions: 26 inches x 1 inch. For sale in the March 5, 2021, Friday Night Jewels Online Auction. According to Vera Prather, Heritage Auctions Jewelry Director:

“Peretti transformed a scarf into a mesh gold necklace, and the style has remained popular and collectible for over 40 years.  The necklace is a brilliant manifestation of her main idea – “to make jewelry which is easy…to wear”.  The gold scarf feels like a fine fabric and lays beautifully on a black turtleneck or a simple dress.  If you want to dress it up, attach a diamond brooch in the middle and it becomes a fancy event piece, or try wearing it around your waist as an accent belt!”

Vera Prather, Heritage Auctions
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Who Is Jewelry Designer Elsa Peretti?

Elsa Peretti is a jewelry designer, philanthropist and former fashion model known for her Tiffany and Co. jewelry and tableware designs.

According to the Tiffany website, Peretti was “Born in Italy and educated in Rome and Switzerland, she later returned to Rome to pursue a degree in interior design. By 1969, she established herself as a fashion model in New York and Barcelona and was also beginning to design her own jewelry.”

How Did Elsa Peretti Get Started?

As a fashion model in New York City, Peretti was designer Halston’s favorite model, and she hung out with artists and celebrities at Studio 54. Before long she was selling her designs in boutiques and designing jewelry for Halston.

When she started designing jewelry for Tiffany and Co., she was already known for her designs. Wikipedia continues: “By the time Peretti joined Tiffany & Co. as an independent designer, she had received the 1971 Coty Award, and had her first appearance in Vogue magazine. In 1972 Bloomingdale’s, one of New York’s landmark shopping stores, opened a dedicated Peretti boutique.”

When Did Elsa Peretti Start Designing Jewelry for Tiffany and Co.?

Elsa Peretti signed a contract with Tiffany & Co. in 1974 after showing executives her Bottle pendant. Soon after her launch party at Tiffany, she explained in an interview to People Magazine that she designed “for the working girl” and wanted “to give beauty at a price”.  Elsa Peretti’s affordable collections put Tiffany in touch with millions of women in professional positions who were drawn to her minimalistic, clean lines.

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