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Open Heart Necklace

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As Italian jewelry designer Elsa Peretti (b. 1940) 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 have deep personal meaning. She also draws 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. has 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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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

Large Elsa Peretti Tiffany & Co. 18 Karat Gold Open Heart Pendant Necklace
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Pendant designed as polished gold open heart motif Suspending from a classic gold cable chain completed by a spring ring clasp Both are signed Tiffany & Co. Peretti Spain Both sta...
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1990s Contemporary Pendant Necklaces

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Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

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 Open Heart Necklace
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in Miami, FL
Enchanting Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Spain open heart diamond pendant crafted in 18 Karat white gold, featuring 22 round brilliant cut diamonds, graduating in size, weighing approxi...
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Early 2000s Modern Pendant Necklaces

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Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

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

Open Heart Pendant with Chain by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in Firenze, IT
Signed Tiffany & Co, Peretti. Pendant stamped 18K. Clasp stamped 750. Length of pendant 2.3cms, Length of chain 77cms. 7.9gms
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2010s Contemporary Drop Necklaces

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Platinum Diamond Open Heart Large Pendant Necklace
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in Holland, PA
Platinum Diamond 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: 28mm x 2...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pendant Necklaces

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Diamond, Platinum

Tiffany & Co. Rose Gold Diamond Elsa Peretti Heart Necklace 2.00 Carat
By Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.
Located in London, GB
A beautiful 18k rose gold diamond heart necklace by Tiffany & Co. from the Elsa Peretti collection. The necklace comprises of an open work heart motif set with pave round brilliant c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pendant Necklaces

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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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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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