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Open Heart Necklace

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As Italian jewelry designer Elsa Peretti (1940–2021) told the New York Times in 1978, “All my work comes out of my life; I’m gifted and see lines and shapes where no one else does.” For her Open Heart necklace, that shape was in the void of a semi-abstract sculpture by English artist Henry Moore, an open space that, to her, resembled a heart. The undulating lines of Peretti’s heart pendant are open so that a chain can be pulled right through and it can move freely with the wearer, one of the many unexpected touches that the designer brought to her practice of meaningful adornment. Slightly asymmetrical, with hard edges that contrast its sensual curves, the heart is simple but boldly original.

Born in Florence, Peretti studied interior design before becoming a fashion model. She initially moved to New York in 1968 to continue her runway career. By the end of the decade, however, she was creating her own jewelry for designers like Giorgio di Sant’Angelo and Halston. The Open Heart necklace was introduced shortly after Peretti joined Tiffany & Co. in 1974 and was later featured on the cover of Newsweek. She brought a fresh sensibility to the historic American jewelry house, and within a few years Peretti’s work for the brand became immensely popular.

Peretti immediately recognized that 1970s’ women didn’t want hefty diamonds or cumbersome brooches laden with precious stones; they wanted jewelry they could wear from day to night, ready for the office or the dance floor. Although Peretti embraced minimalism and rejected frivolous detail in her designs — such as the Diamonds by the Yard strands, with their sprinkles of diamonds on gold chains — they always had deep personal meaning. She also drew on the organic shapes of nature, including starfish and bones, reinventing their forms in designing versatile jewelry. Pieces like the Open Heart necklace helped elevate sterling silver and its sculptural possibilities into luxury jewelry status. The material additionally meant her jewelry was more affordable than most Tiffany wares, rendering the pieces some of the retailer’s most popular designs.

Peretti’s partnership with Tiffany & Co. continued for decades, with her sophisticated designs remaining timeless favorites. The Open Heart necklace is one of her most enduring creations for the luxury brand, which still produces it in numerous variations, from examples in gold and those decorated in diamonds to earrings, rings and bracelets. They are objects meant to be worn, cherished and loved. In that spirit, Peretti’s designs have helped change modern jewelry.

Open Heart Necklace

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Modern Elsa Peretti Tiffany & Co. Open Heart Diamond Pendant Necklace
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Modern large size open heart diamond pendant necklace by Tiffany & Co. designed by Elsa Peretti circa 1980. Both items are 18k yellow gold and the chain is sign Peretti as well as th...
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Vintage 1980s Modern Pendant Necklaces

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co 18 Karat Rose Gold Open Heart Necklace
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in Geneva, CH
An elegant Tiffany & Co by Elsa Peretti 18K rose gold from the "Open Heart" collection. Signed by Tiffany & Co from the one side from the locker and "Peretti" on the another. A time...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Pendant Necklaces

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18k Gold, Rose Gold

Elsa Peretti Tiffany & Co. Diamond Platinum Open Heart Pendant Necklace
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Pendant is designed as the iconic open heart motif Accented by a bead set round brilliant cut diamonds weighing in total approximately 0.12 carat - eye clean and white Suspending f...
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1990s Contemporary Pendant Necklaces

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Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Diamond Large Open Heart Platinum Pendant Necklace
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in Holland, PA
Platinum Diamond Large Open Heart Pendant Necklace by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. With Diamonds VS1 clarity, G color total weight approx. 3.00ct Details: Length: 16.5" Pendant: 25...
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20th Century Pendant Necklaces

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Diamond, Platinum

Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. 18 Karat Rose Gold Open Heart Pendant Necklace
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Gorgeous open heart pendant necklace by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. exudes minimalist elegance. The timeless design combined with the warm rose gold setting makes for a piece that...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pendant Necklaces

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Gold, 18k Gold, Rose Gold

Elsa Peretti Tiffany & Co. Diamond Platinum Open Heart Pendant Necklace
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Pendant is designed as a stylized open heart pavé set throughout by round brilliant cut diamonds Weighing in total approximately 1.00 carats with well-matched F/G color and VS clari...
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1990s Contemporary Pendant Necklaces

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Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Pave Diamond Open Heart Necklace in Platinum
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Gorgeous pave diamond open heart pendant necklace by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. absolutely exudes modern elegance. The minimalist design paired with the incredible sparkling Tiff...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pendant Necklaces

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Diamond, Platinum

Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Open Heart Platinum Pendant Necklace
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in Bethesda, MD
From Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co her iconic open heart pendant necklace ♦ Designer: Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co ♦ Metal; Platinum ♦ 7 Diamonds=.30 ♦ 7/8th of an inch across ♦ C...
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1990s Pendant Necklaces

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Diamond, Platinum

Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Diamond Medium Open Heart Platinum Pendant Necklace
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in Holland, PA
Platinum Diamond Medium Open Heart Pendant Necklace by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. With Round brilliant cut diamonds VS1 clarity, G color Details: Length: 16" Width: 1mm Pendant: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pendant Necklaces

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Diamond, Platinum

Tiffany & Co. 18 Karat Yellow Gold Elsa Perreti Open Heart Necklace
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in New York, NY
*** Comes with the original box *** METAL TYPE: 18K Yellow Gold TOTAL WEIGHT: 18.5g NECKLACE LENGTH: 24" REFERENCE #: 20781-BTTN CONDITION: Pre-owned, Excellent condition.
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21st Century and Contemporary More Necklaces

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18k Gold

Tiffany & Co. Platinum Diamond Elsa Perretti Open Heart Necklace
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in New York, NY
METAL TYPE: Platinum TOTAL WEIGHT: 14.9g STONE WEIGHT: 3.40ct twd NECKLACE LENGTH: 17" REFERENCE #: 15025-CXLK CONDITION: Pre-owned, Excellent condition.
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