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Elsa Peretti ran away from home when she turned 21. She wrote a letter to her father declaring her independence and called herself a ‘big adult’. She started her career as a model, became the muse and friend to the designers during her youth and eventually moved to NYC. She has always had a very curious eye and a deep admiration for nature. This eventually moved her into the world of design and sculpture. During the age of ball gowns and garish jewellry, she created simple and sleek designs that we today call modern. Her yard necklace is a favorite of mine. She talks about how things age with wear, how they feel to the touch and design above other things. Her style is daring and adventurous reflecting her world travel. And growing old hasn’t made her old. There are very few people who can do this ….

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“I hate that impeccable, perfectly perfect look, all matched and pre-arranged. Style is to be simple.”

 

“What I want is not to become a status symbol, but to give beauty at a price. A big diamond necklace is nouveau riche, really. People who have wealth a long time don’t wear such things.”

 

“We were looking for somebody who could capture the mood of the young woman as well as the older woman, someone who could make jewelry that women could wear with jeans and sweaters as well as with their ball gowns.”

 

“I design for the working girl.”

 

“I like to push myself to achieve a certain quality, eliminate the excess detail. I always want a high degree of purity.”

 

“I would like to get married, but it must be a man who is part of my work, or me part of his.”

 

“People surround themselves in their houses with things they don’t really need, that they have to dust all the time.”

 

“Good design for the home should be universal. A house should be like old shoes, comfortable, like a good friend… The Japanese aesthetic is important to me. Very organic. They have a sense of the weight of the thing: very balanced.”

 

WATCH : Introduction and overview of her work.