Elsa Peretti

Fashion, Philanthropy and Jewelry Design

Elsa Peretti wearing Diamonds by the Yard necklaces

Elsa Peretti, an Italian jewelry designer, has become an iconic household name most well-known for her bold designs for Tiffany & Co. She attended schools in both Rome and Switzerland; after graduating she began to teach Italian, then became a ski instructor in the Swiss mountain village of Gstadd. In 1963, she moved to Italy to pursue a degree in architecture. As she studied, she was introduced to a cosmopolitan lifestyle and soon was asked to model. In high demand, she moved to New York City where she became a “Halstonettes”, one of the designer Halston’s favored models. Halston was the first designer that showed Peretti’s jewelry on the runway, catapulting her jewelry design career. 

Halston and The Halstonettes in Acapulco, 1976. Photo by Lynn Karlin

Peretti brought sterling silver, once thought to be common and understated, to the forefront of fine jewelry with bold and fresh designs that appealed to models and socialites alike. In 1974, Peretti joined Tiffany & Co., where she designed a collection of sterling silver that proved to be wildly popular. The Diamonds by the Yard® collection combines fine bezel-set diamonds and sinuous chains, to be worn alone or layered. Her feminine yet daring pieces empowered a new generation of women. Today her designs are just as iconic and this fall Tiffany has launched one-of-a-kind mesh necklaces speaking to the timelessness of Elsa Peretti jewelry.

The day Elsa Peretti became a part of Tiffany & Co. was the day we entered a new era in our history of design innovation.

Michael J. Kowalski, former Chairman and CEO, Tiffany & Co.

The Dina Wind Collection

Sold to benefit the Dina Wind Art Foundation

Dina Wind was a global citizen and artist. Born and raised in Israel, she moved to the United States in 1963 with her husband Jerry, settling in Philadelphia. There she raised her family while studying at the University of Pennsylvania, the Barnes Foundation, and with Philadelphia artists Sam Feinstein, Tom Gaughan, and Leon Sitarchuk. Simultaneously, she began her own studio art practice, first in painting and then welded metal sculpture. She became best known as a fearless lady welder at a time when this was quite unusual. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academyof Fine Arts, Woodmere Museum of Art, Grounds for Sculpture, WestCollection, Tel Aviv Museum and more.

Dina Wind, Untitled (Coral Diving), 1970
Dina welding in her studio, 1986

Dina Wind, Spring & Triangle, 2016 at the Woodmere Museum

She was a passionate advocate for the arts, sitting on many boards and believing in the “Power of Art” to help improve individuallives and society at large. With Jerry, Dina traveled the world, studying, appreciating,and collecting art and jewelry everywhere they went. Her personal style was always an extension of her creative spirit, and she wore her jewelry with confidence, mixing bold abstract pieces with family heirlooms. 

Dina passed away in 2014 from ovarian cancer, still young and vibrant at 76. In her memory, her family has created The DinaWind Art Foundation to continue her philanthropy and expand her artistic legacy.

The Dina Wind Art Foundation supports living artists and arts education, sharing the rich story of artist Dina Wind, ensuring her legacy, and promoting her art to inform and impact artists. As a female champion in a predominantly male world, she was an early advocate of creating work withan environmental message and was an outspoken supporter of social justice. The Dina Wind Art Foundation is inspiring tomorrow’s generation of art lovers and practitioners who are committed to making a difference