This bottle was designed and made in 1981 to hold an eighth of an ounce of Elsa Peretti's perfume,
which she had worked on for four years.
One thousand examples were carved and numbered
in conjunction with the launch of the perfume.
Peretti's hardstone carving is all done by Chinese carvers in Hong Kong.
The Chinese have long excelled in the carving of hardstones.
Peretti's scent-bottle echoes the Chinese hardstone snuff-bottle, made to be held in the hand,
exquisitely decorated and highly prized in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Rock crystal showing the stages in carving a scent-bottle:
lump of rough unhewn crystal.
outline shape with beginning of hollow for perfume.
shape with slight curve.
neck cut down from upper edge.
stopper in rough shape.
stopper with outline in progress.
©Elsa Peretti Tiffany&Co.
(courtesy The British Museum)