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Rock Crystal necklace

American
around 2013
Elsa Peretti (Italian, born in 1940), For Tiffany & Co. (American, active 1837–present)


Dimensions

Height x diameter: 16 x 14.5 x 2.5 cm (6 5/16 x 5 11/16 x 1 in.) Lender accessory (box): 10.2 x 15.2 cm (4 x 6 in.)

Accession Number

2017.62

Medium or Technique

Rock crystal, silver, and silk cord

Not On View

Classifications

Necklaces and neck bands

This Elsa Peretti necklace is composed of nine hollow rock crystal balls; five are large and the two at either end are much smaller. They are strung onto a black silk cord knotted between each bead. The balls form a semi circle and the rest of the cord completes the necklace on either side. The cord is threaded through an oval silver bead which can be moved to adjust the length of the necklace. The ends of the cords terminate in silver tips.

Signed

The bead is stamped "Tiffany & Co." and underneath "Elsa Peretti" in script, and beneath that "Au 750 Hong Kong."

Markings

The bead is stamped "Tiffany & Co.", underneath copyright "Elsa Perretti" in script, and Au 750 Hong Kong.

Provenance

By 2014, an anonymous private collector; 2017, anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession date: January 18, 2017)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift