10 October 1901, Borgonova, Switzerland -
11 January 1966, Chur, Switzerland
In his 2001 biography of Alberto Giacometti, Yves Bonnefoy wrote that in 1929 Giacometti had decorated the boutique of the couturier Elsa Schiaparelli and subsequently created buttons and jewellery for her. Giacometti himself later recounted that 'at that time, a dim view was taken of it. It was considered to be a kind of moral decay'. It was done, however, out of necessity, a means of earning money while he was still a struggling sculptor and trying to prove to his father that he would make a successful career as an artist. All the jewels preserved in archives of the Giacometti Foundation are dated from 1935 to 1939 and it would appear that he did not return to creating jewellery after the Second World War.