Elsa Peretti, the Italian jewellery designer who had worked with Tiffany & Co as far back as 1974, has passed away at the age of 80.

Her pieces are included in the collections of world-renowned museums, including the British Museum, while she began her career as a model.

Last year saw the 50th anniversary of her bone cuff bracelet, perhaps Peretti’s most famous piece.


Tiffany & Co said in a statement about her death: “Tiffany & Co is deeply saddened by the passing of Elsa Peretti, famed jewellery designer for the house and member of the Tiffany family since 1974.

“A woman who was larger-than-life has touched everyone at Tiffany & Co. The relationships she created defined her. Elsa was not only a designer but a way of life.”

The company also noted her philanthropic efforts through charities The Nando and the Elsa Peretti Foundation.

Through these she “was committed to supporting the environment, social welfare, human rights, as well as the preservation of arts and culture,” said Tiffany & Co’s statement.

She showed her undying commitment to the company in 2013 when she inked a new 20-year deal to continue their partnership. Read more below:

Elsa Peretti signs fresh 20-year deal with Tiffany

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