January 2, 2020—It took not once, but twice for me to notice the Tiffany cuff designed by Elsa Peretti in the new Wonder Woman 1984 trailer. The first time I saw the action-packed preview in theaters I was just in awe of Gal Gadot’s moves amped up by an instrumental remix of New Order’s Blue Monday. The second time I caught the trailer, I spotted the jewel in the second it is on screen and squealed.
When Wonder Woman is reunited with her old flame Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), she wears an elegant white gown with a gold Bone Cuff designed by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. as well as several of the designer’s Diamonds-by-the-Yard necklaces.
They are exactly the jewels Wonder Woman should be wearing, despite the fact that they were launched 10-years before 1984. If I could change anything about the costuming I would have liked to see Gadot wear a pair of the cuffs for symmetry to her super heroine costume, but that is just nitpicking.
Peretti’s collection has a strong independent woman sensibility that isn’t like any other designer. Director Patty Jenkins knows about it intimately. She wore one of Elsa Peretti’s Bone Cuffs to the Wonder Woman premiere in 2017.
When Elsa Peretti joined Tiffany & Co. in 1974, America was in the midst of the second wave of feminism and a fresh push for equal rights. Liberated women were heading into the office and they wanted to look as modern as they felt in sportswear that included pants, wrap dresses and a new kind of ease. Peretti’s jewels were perfectly in sync with women’s modern styles and point of view.
The Bone Cuff, that was in Peretti’s collection when she launched, could be spotted on any number of high profile wrists during the 1970s and has been continuously in style. Angelina Jolie, Margot Robbie and Namoi Watts are just a few of the many who have worn the cuffs within recent memory. Peretti told me in an interview for Time Style & Design in 2013 how she got the idea to put the bump over the part to fit the wrist bone. “It was done with the first craftsman I worked with, Señor Abad,” explained Peretti. “I was so thin at the time, and I was designing it on my left wrist. Then there was a flash between us about the area around the wrist bone. Between the craftsman and me, there is something in the air.”
Peretti’s dear friend, the fashion designer Halston named her signature diamond pieces. The moment he saw one of the 36-inch long necklaces with 12 small diamonds set in gold collets along a chain at uneven intervals, he spontaneously dubbed it “Diamonds-By-The-Yard.” The name has been applied to every variation of the design from a choker length necklace with just one diamond to diamond stud earrings. When Peretti talks about the design she says simply, “I wanted to make diamonds a little more casual.”
See the Peretti jewels in the trailer below. Wonder Woman 1984 was scheduled to open June 5, 2020. Due to covid the film was eventually released in theaters and on HBO Max on December 25, 2020.
Wonder Woman 1984 – Official Trailer