Famed jewelry designer Elsa Peretti — who passed away in March — was inspired to create her well-known “Bone Cuff” bracelet for Tiffany & Company by a spooky childhood memory.
“Elsa liked to tell saucy stories, and she liked to say that when she was a child, she would go off to a 17th century church [in Italy], and there was a crypt,” historian Marion Fasel said during a 92Y talk this week.
“There were 9,000 bones of monks. And she would take the little bones — she was with her nanny — and she would put them in her purse,” Fasel related.
When her mother told her to take them back, Peretti would say, “There’s nothing macabre about it.”
The cuff has been famously seen on celebs from Liza Minelli and Sophia Loren to Gal Gadot in “Wonder Woman 1984.”
Peretti died in her sleep at age 80 on March 18. She also created Tiffany’s Bean design and Open Heart Pendant.
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