Elsa Peretti

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Elsa Peretti
Born (1940-05-01) 1 May 1940 (age 75)
Education Volbicela School, Rome
Occupation Jewelry designer
Website www.nandoperettifound.org

Elsa Peretti (born May 1, 1940) is an Italian jewelry designer.[1][2]


She was born in Florence, Italy, in 1940, the daughter of a well-to-do Roman family. Educated at Volbicela School in Rome, with a diploma in interior design. In early jobs she was a French teacher, a ski instructor and a model.[2] She moved to New York in 1968, where she began modeling and designing jewelry for a handful of top designers, including Halston, Giorgio di Sant' Angelo and Tiffany & Co..[3] Peretti is also a member of the International Best Dressed List since 1973.[4]


She designed the containers for Halston's fragrance and cosmetic lines,[2] and many of Tiffany's best-selling items including the famous 'teardrop' necklaces and 'thumb' vases in white. Both are examples of her simple organic aesthetic.[2] She is noted for creating understated and timeless pieces that have become favourites of stars such as Keira Knightley who is often seen wearing her Elsa Peretti Round Pendant.[5][6]

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