ELSA PERETTI for TIFFANY Rare Sterling Silver Heavy Snake Belt/Necklace
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 incredible and rare Vintage (circa 1980s) serpentine necklace/belt from Tiffany & Co. is one of Elsa Peretti's iconic snake designs! The necklace was originally designed by Peretti in the 1970's to accessorize the designs of Halston. Crafted with sterling silver, this substantial statement piece is comprised of flexible scale-shaped links that form the body and tail of a long, articulated snake. According to Peretti, who found snakes to be attractive creatures and was fascinated by their mechanics, the inspiration for the design came from a rattlesnake tail that was given to her for good luck. At one end of the piece is a smooth silver snake head, which also serves as the clasp. It has a hinged jaw that opens at a push button under the neck, allowing the end of the tail to be threaded through the middle, fastening the necklace shut. The unique and flexible design of the piece makes it adjustable, allowing it to hang at a desired length while the tail simply dangles down. When worn as a necklace, it can be draped or doubled around the neck as shown, or it could also be worn as a belt. Each eye is represented by a smooth onyx cabochon, which has a rich black color. The side of the snake's neck is stamped with several hallmarks, now only partially visible due to normal wear, and include "STERLING" and "PERETTI." This fabulous piece by a legendary maker can be worn in several ways and would compliment any collection. It's perfect for any snake lover or Peretti collector!
Measurements: When fully extended, the snake measures approximately 36" long from end to end. The tail measures 3/4" at its widest point, 3/8" at its most narrow point and 1/4" thick. The snake head measures 2 5/8" long, 1 1/4" wide, and 5/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the piece is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no serious damage to the sterling silver, and the clasp is secure and in good working condition. The articulated scales move easily and both eyes are intact.