THE SENSUAL, ORGANIC STYLE OF ELSA PERETTI IS REFLECTED IN HER ICONIC BONE CUFF.
Photograph by Richard Burbridge
On the day Elsa Peretti’s first collection debuted at Tiffany & Co. in 1974, it sold out. A true pioneer of design, her unique jewelry possessed a never-before-seen aesthetic. To say it was groundbreaking would be an understatement. Her vision is a deeply personal one, inspired by her unceasing fascination with the natural world. After growing up in Italy and Switzerland then modeling in Spain, she burst onto the New York City social scene—which, in the 1970s, was a hotbed of provocative creativity, progressive art and indulgent nightlife with Elsa at its epicenter. It was from the eye of this glamorous storm that she began designing pieces that captured the spirit of the times—smooth and sensual with a casual coolness that masked unmistakably bold undertones. Peretti’s jewelry made a powerful statement that was so effortless it was almost unnerving.
It is in her instantly recognizable Bone cuff that the ergonomics of Elsa’s designs are most evident. Eighteen karat gold wraps the wrist in warmth, ebbing and flowing over its natural contours, epitomizing the wonderful organic quality of Peretti’s work. Originally introduced in the early ’70s and inspired by a bone that she found in the Capuchin Crypt in Rome, the Bone cuff is a visual manifestation of the change happening at that time—in particular, the women’s liberation movement. Bold and powerful yet feminine and unpretentious, just like the women it was created for, the Bone cuff has become a mainstay in the world of fashion and design. It has been almost 50 years since Elsa Peretti first reinvented the notion of what jewelry could be. Her unparalleled creations have seduced the world ever since.DISCOVER ELSA PERETTI® JEWELRY