Jewelry Design: Miriam Haskell

I was shopping recently in one of our local boutiques and discovered the amazing vintage costume jewelry from Miriam Haskell. I’m smitten.

Her designs may be familiar to anyone who has ever played around with costume jewelry. I’m pretty sure my grandmother has a few of her pieces that I used to try on as a little girl.

She first opened her boutique in New York in 1926 and created custom collections for the society women of the time. She also designed jewelry for the likes of Coco Chanel, Joan Crawford, Lucille Ball and the Duchess of Windsor.

All Miriam Haskell pieces were and are today crafted by hand. Each element is wired to a filigree backing. One of the distinguishing features of a Miriam Haskell piece is that all the elements are woven together in such a way that you can’t see any of it underneath. One of a kind and gorgeous!

My personal favourites are the necklace designs. And, the cocktail rings. And, the bracelets. Yup, pretty much everything!

What style do you like? Do you own any vintage Miriam Haskell jewelry? I think I’d like to acquire some pieces in the not too distant future!

images via Miriam Haskell and here

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Sarah is constantly ReDesigning things. From ReDesigning spaces for others or ReDesigning herself from corporate operations whiz into interior decorator and blogger – it’s all about ReDesign.

Posted on June 13, 2012, in Blog Posts and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. While I do not own any of these wonderful pieces I would sure love to wear them! The necklaces are truly amazing!!!!!! The perfect finish to the little black dress!

  2. Sadly, I don’t own any of her pieces, but wish I did!

    I particularly love the cuff bracelets and the pearls, of course, which are timeless.
    I can’t imagine the patience and the fine motor skills necessary to do such intricate work.

    How fun would it be to prowl vintage shops for her pieces!

    Remember ” Steel Magnolias” ? One of my favorite lines from that wonderful play, is that “the only thing that separates us from the animal kingdom, is our ability to accessorize! ”

    Yet another interesting post, Sarah. Keep up the great work!

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