Born in Florence, Elsa Peretti's first introduction with her collection began at Tiffany & Co. in 1974. During that time her collection debuted to high acclaim. Her inspiration in jewelry came from nature with elements such as bones, beans, hearts, scorpions, snakes, teardrops and sea-shells. Peretti's designs are translated in a wide variety of materials, however her most popular designs are her works in silver.
This unique open bottle necklace from Tiffany & Co. is one of Elsa Peretti's first jewelry designs! Made of sterling silver, the pendant takes form in a large jug-like bottle which hangs from a long sterling Tiffany chain. The bottle has a unique, asymmetrical design which is void of sharp edges and accentuates the piece's flowing curves - one of the hallmarks of Elsa Peretti's works. At the shoulders of the bottle are small handles which are attached to the chain, allowing the bottle pendant to be hung and be worn as a necklace. The neck of the bottle curves outward slightly as it nears the top and the inside is hollow, allowing a small flower to be held inside.
The Tiffany chain that the pendant hangs from is decorated with 6 sterling ball links, adding an extra eye-catching touch to the piece. The chain fastens together at the back with a simple spring ring clasp, which is stamped "925" along with the authentic "TIFFANY & CO." and "Elsa Peretti" signatures, and the word "SPAIN". The back of the sterling bottle pendant is also marked with the same authentic hallmarks. This fabulous and unique piece from a legendary jewelry maker would be a perfect addition to any jewelry collection!
Measurements: The chain measures approximately 34" long. The pendant measures 2 1/2" tall, 2 1/4" wide, and 1 1/8" thick at its thickest point. The overall piece hangs approximately 19" long.
Condition: The overall condition of the piece is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling silver bottle pendant or to the sterling chain. The clasp fastens securely and is in good working condition.