I love love love Miriam Haskell's work. The fact that these pieces were created as early as the 1920s, and still remain relevant and beautiful today, is a sign of her great talent. I'm a big fan of costume jewelry, and I love how bold, unapologetic and detailed her pieces are. I'm lusting after pretty much all of them (especially all of those with the beetle motif), and hope to one day add one of these to my jewelry collection. I collected a few of my favorites below so keep scrollin'...
In case you're interested, here's a little background info on this talented lady:
Born in 1899 in Indiana, Miriam Haskell became one of the premiere costume jewelry designers in America. She worked closely with her head jewelry designer and creative partner, Frank Hess, who continued working for Miriam for over thirty years.
Coco Chanel and Miriam were two of the first designers to introduce the concept of "costume jewelry" to Europe and America, and bonded over being independent women in the fashion world. In 1926, Miriam opened her own boutique, "Le Bijou de L'Heure" in New York's McAlpin Hotel. Her work became immensely popular, adorning celebrities such as Joan Crawford, Lucille Ball, Gloria Vanderbilt and the Duchess of Windsor.
Her pieces were hardly ever signed prior to 1950, when Miriam got sick and her brother took over the company, requiring that all of the work be signed. For a brief stint in the 1940s, a New England shop required a signature on all of their pieces. As a result, these rare pieces are adorned with a horseshoe shaped plaque with her name embossed on it.
Her pieces are still incredibly sought after today, continuously popping up at auction houses and worn by women like the first lady Michelle Obama.
1. Leaves & Chain Necklace
2. Gold Leaf Earrings
3. Three Tier Earrings
4. I can't find this for sale on the website but it's my FAVORITE.
5. Crystal and Pearl Chandelier Earrings
6. Large Fly Silver Plated Cuff
7. Wing Statement Necklace
8. Small Fly Post
9. Pearl & Spike Statement Necklace