Among the women most commonly associated with Tiffany & Co. (hello Audrey), Italian designer/model Elsa Peretti arguably had the most impact on the jeweller’s design legacy.
She enriched its lexicon with now-classics such as the Bean and Bottle pendants and the lariat-style Diamonds By The Yard necklace.
Her most indelible contribution? The Bone cuff, inspired by childhood visits to Antonio Gaudi’s Casa Mila in Barcelona as well as the crypt of a 17th-century church in Rome.
“My mother had to send me back time and again with a stolen bone in my little purse,” she said. “Things that are forbidden remain with you forever.”
This year, the sculpture-like piece of jewellery – radical in the way it envelops the contours of the wrist – turns 50. To celebrate, the brand’s launching special editions in eye-catching electric red, green and blue this month.
Cue another one of Peretti’s famous quotes: “Great design doesn’t require an effort to look at. You shouldn’t be pushed to look at an object by a signature, but because it is a pleasure.”
This article first appeared in the August 2020 Home Edition of FEMALE.
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