London, British Museum

The British Museum may be known for famous and often highly contended art and artifacts (the Elgin Marbles spring to mind), but the newest addition to its vast and peerless collection is a donation by Tiffany & Co. of jewelry and objects designed by Elsa Peretti.

Peretti – who came to prominence creating jewelry for designers such as Halston, Oscar de la Renta, and Giorgio di Sant’Angelo – joined Tiffany & Co. in 1974. Her designs for the house have become icons of late 20th century jewelry. Streamlined and simple, with fluid shapes and undulating surfaces, the pieces on temporary display from May 1st include the red lacquer bean clutch, a silver pilgrim flask pendant, and soaring Murano twisted vases.
To celebrate the occasion, Tiffany & Co. is presenting a special edition Free Form pendant in black jade with an 18-carat gold mesh chain.

From May 1, 2009

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