Miriam Haskell Baroque Pearl Earrings
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Miriam Haskell was born on July 1, 1899 - d. July 14, 1981 and is a famous Costume Jewelry Designer. She established Miriam Haskell Gift Shop on July 30, 1926, at the McAlpin Hotel, 103, Sixteenth Street, New York City. Shortly after opening she joined forces with Frank Hess, a young window dresser from Macy's. The rest is Haskell History.
Miriam was described as a "lavish entertainer" in the History of Jewelry and this is reflected in her creations which are celebrations of her life and reflect her personality. The pieces stimulate the senses and look just as sensational today as they did when they were worn in the early days.
Miriam Haskell's friends were the glamorous New York and Hollywood celebrities and royalty. Her jewelry was worn for publicity shots, films and personal use by movies stars such as Joan Crawford, Lucille Ball and Gloria Vanderbilt. The Duchess of Windsor, one of the world's great Jewelry Collectors owned a large collection of Haskell Jewelry.
Miriam shared her ideas with the grande dame of designer costume - Coco Chanel often over "tea" while selecting the upcoming season's beads at Madame Gripoix's - the finest source in Paris. Haskell understood that choosing the right materials was one of the most challenging decisions to be made in Jewelry design. And it is in this detail, I believe, where the brilliance of Miriam Haskell Jewelry can be found.
Authentic pieces are made up entirely by hand. They reflect an elaborate integration of beauty, color and life, yet an elusive subtlety lies just below their surface, reflected in each bead, each crystal, and each pearl that was, and still is today, hand selected.
Her vintage pieces were seldom signed before 1950. It was Miriam's own brother, Joseph Haskell who introduced the first signed Miriam Haskell piece of jewelry. For a short time in the 1940s, a shop in New England did request that all pieces they received from Haskell should be signed — this signature is a horseshoe-shaped plaque with Miriam Haskell embossed on it. Pieces with this signature are considered rarer.
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Miriam Haskell jewelry is first strung onto a wire chassis and then hand-wrapped onto an intricate brass filigree backing and concealed to a second filigree leaving no trace of its construction. The tight embroidery of the elements shows no sign of the base underneath. Haskell's insistence on using materials of the highest quality, meant that she and Hess, and subsequent head designers, regularly traveled abroad to source. Haskell components, often combined with filigree antiqued gilt metal, include glass beads from Murano; faceted crystals from Austria, including flat-backed rose montées; and lustrous faux pearl from Japan - the latter, following multiple immersions in essence orient displaying a peerless, deep, lustrous finish highly prized by Haskell collectors.
Jewelry by Miriam Haskell was as much sought after in the early days as it is today. It has a style that doesn't ever seem to date and will add value to the finest Jewelry Collection.
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