Miriam Haskell Jewels

Miriam Haskell left the Midwest for New York City in the early 1900's and the jewelry industry was never the same. She started her career managing a gift shop in the McAlpin Hotel, and in 1924 opened her own business. After teaming with Frank Hess she created a style of mostly handwired costume jewelry, quite different than what had been seen up to that time. The use of many tiny pearls and mirror backed stones (roses montees) required many hours of hand labor, making this more expensive than the average fashion jewelry for the time. Her style was soon imitated by companies such as DeMario, Eugene, Originals by Robert, and even more contemporary companies such as Stanley Hagler. Though Miriam retired due to poor health in the 1950's, the company continued and remains in business to this day, not only creating modern versions of the Haskell style but also manufacturing for many other costume jewelry concerns.

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You will also find several unsigned Haskell dress clips in the unsigned vintage portion of the website.

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Description: Miriam Haskell Glass Pearl "Tusk" Necklace - I have seen a shorter version of this Haskell necklace that uses fewer of the large side pearls and has no back chain; this version is 30". Back clasp uses the Haskell sliding clasp, and there is also a metal hangtag. Both are marked Miriam Haskell; sliding clasp also has the patent number on the reverse side. Excellent condition, pearls are unscuffed. Tiny bit of verdigris on two of the metal spacers, one endcap has plating wear.

Item: SN13-1259

Price: $185.00 US

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Description: Haskell "Bubble Gum" Faux Coral/Faux Baroque Pearl Necklace - Also done with clear rhinestone rondelles and 3-dimensional brass chain, this longer (approximately 25") necklace is perfect over sweaters in winter and with a dress in summer. Odd ruffle-y beads in kind of a pink-peach are flanked with clear rondelles and alternate with baroque glass pearls with endcaps and small brass beads. Back of clasp is signed "Miriam Haskell" in an oval, with exterior of clasp having a wired baroque pearl surrounded by small clear prong set rhinestones. Excellent condition, no signs of verdigris or pearl peeling often found on these pieces.

Item: SN10-1211

Price: $99.50 US

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Description: Hand Manipulated Black Beaded Brooch - This uses medium sized black beads and tiny black seed beads, all hand wired into a double filigree setting, which is also black. Beautifully done, very subtle sparkle. 2 3/4" point to point diagonally. Excellent condition. Everything points to this being unsigned Haskell.

Item: UP7-830

Price: $84.50 US

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Description: Haskell Pearl "Pinwheel" Design Screwclip Earrings - These earclips use a larger baroque glass pearl in the center and smaller baroque pearls wired into a double row of circles surrounding the center and alternating with metal rondelles. Typical adjustable screwclip findings; Miriam Haskell signature surrounds the area where finding attaches to the earring. Condition is very good, with some wear spots on the left center pearl and on various smaller baroque pearls on both earrings (please see pictures). Neither "circle" is a perfect circle but all pieces are present and the waviness seems to be intentional and unavoidable with the pattern. Because of the double row, in person, it just makes kind of a lacy effect. 1" in diameter and 3/8" deep.

Item: SE2-785

Price: $69.50 US

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Description: Unsigned Haskell Brooch with Aqua Beads - Beautifully done handwired brooch with clumps of turquoise colored beads and brass leaves. Standard clear plastic perforated back, 1930's rolling safety clasp. Aside from a tiny bit of the ubiquitous verdigris on a couple leaves this is in excellent condition. About 2 1/4" in diameter.

Item: UP1-758

Price: $59.50 US

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Description: Haskell Floral Brooch - Done in antiqued (Russian?) silvertone, this charming piece has all prong set clear rhinestones, with the largest stone in the center, surrounded by smaller clears, and then 5 glass pearlized petals, then surrounded by tiny "leaves" of clear rhinestones in sets of twos and threes, with an occasional larger single stone. Just shy of 2" in diameter (about 1 7/8"), this uses the Miriam Haskell horseshoe logo. This plaque is the earliest one used by Haskell but the company used this intermittently even in the 1970's so it should not be used to definitively date a piece. I am guessing 1950's for this particular piece. The ends of the petals have, to varying extend, lost their pearlized finish, but otherwise this seems to be in excellent condition.

Item: SP1-702

Price: $129.50 US

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Description: Unsigned Miriam Haskell Red Bead Dress Clip - A well known Haskell combination of blood red beads in various sizes and rhinestone rondelles. 3" at longest dangle, about 1 1/2" across. Confirmed clip mechanism and plastic perforated backing. Leaves are replacements, otherwise all original. Ends are secured with red seed beads. Brass on rondelles has great patina. Lovely piece.

Item: UD7-673

Price: $145.00 US

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Description: Amazing Unsigned Haskell Brooch and Bracelet Set - Done with pink and pink/white glass wired florals and blue wound glass barrel type beads in a huge corsage motif. Center of each floral is done with pear shaped glass pearls, small glass seed pearls in little florettes surrounded by brass leaves, and both corsages accented with a bunch of beads in pink, blue and pearl making up kind of a ball shape that looks as good from the back as from the front. Brooch has 5 chain and pearl and chain dangles. Bracelet has what looks like 12 strands of seed pearls in three groups of four strands (actually probably one strand that has been woven back and forth. Goldtone metal push in clasp with floral and rope twist motif. Corsage pieces are all hand wired into pierced metal domes with usual covered solid backs as found in pre-signature pieces. One pear shaped pearl shows a wear spot; one larger seed pearl is chipped, and there is mild verdigris and wear to the pierced frame covers. Edge of bracelet clasp shows mild wear. None of this is visible from a wearing standpoint. Exceptional, once in a lifetime set. "Corsage"s are about 2 1/2" in diameter, brooch is almost 4 1/2" from top to bottom of longest dangle. Bracelet is for a small wrist, slightly over 6 1/2". International buyers, Western Union ONLY on this item.

Item: US12-665

Price: $995.00 US

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Description: Haskell Single Strand Glass Faux Baroque Pearl Choker - This is all original, no restringing, no verdigris, brass endcaps show heavy patina. Pearls are slightly oval, measuring 10mm x 9mm, standard Haskell (signed) hook, pearl floral clasp.  Two of the seed pearls on the floral are quite worn, the rest are good or slightly worn.  Tail pearls show usual wear. Two pearls have yellowed on one side; one has a 1mm ding, the other has a 1mm ding and a 2mm x1mm ding. You can only see these if you are looking closely and the pearl is turned in the right direction, I was unable to remove the yellow with mild cleaning but perhaps you can, if not, these could be removed and restrung. Adjustable to 16 3/4", removing the two dinged pearls would take out approximately 1 inch. Faceted spacer beads are goldtone.

Item: SN6-661

Price: $155.00 US

Sorry, SOLD!

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Description: Miriam Haskell Taupe Colored Glass Pearl Choker Necklace - Much more rare color than the traditional cream pearl Haskell necklaces, this features the large 13mm x 11mm oval "baroque" glass pearls, with brass fluted endcaps and a darkened silvertone spacer bead between each pearl. Usual floral hook and eye clasp uses a center pearl and the same spacer beads handwired. This is in excellent vintage condition with only one .5mm ding in one back bead, another on a tail bead and a few pinpricks. A few of the endcaps were just starting to show verdigris so I have removed it and restrung this on Gudebrod silk, using the 5 bead backstringing technique used by Haskell employees. Adjustable to a maximum of about 16 1/4", hook is marked Miriam Haskell Absolutely lovely.

Item: SN1-641

Price: $185.00 US

Sorry, SOLD!

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Description: Miriam Haskell Long 46" Glass Pearl Necklace - I have doubled this for photographic purposes. This is in virtually pristine condition, and I have restrung on Gudebrod silk, using the same 5 pearl backstringing technique used by the Haskell company, for your security and cleanliness. 8mm x 7mm baroque glass pearls alternate with small faceted metal spacer beads, probably brass but have a more goldtone appearance than some of the older Haskell pieces; absolutely no sign of verdigris. Clasp is the patented slide clasp , signed Miriam Haskell, along with oval hangtag, which apparently dates it to around 1978. For those who have a smaller neck, this could even be tripled. We have priced this at about 25% less than replacement cost; contemporary ones do not have metal spacers but clear seed beads? An exceptional value.

Item: SN1-638

Price: $225.00 US

Sorry, SOLD!

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Description: Miriam Haskell Large Cream Glass Pearl Choker Necklace - Another of the circa 1960's necklaces with the large 13mm x 11mm baroque glass pearls. Brass encaps and faceted metal spacer beads alternate with the pearls. Handwired floral clasp is done with all pearls and is in very good shape, with only one small pearl showing wearing. One large pearl at the back has a 2mm ding and a 1mm ding, otherwise excellent. No signs of verdigris; I have restrung this using the Haskell backstringing technique, on Gudebrod silk thread. Adjustable to 15", hook style clasp has Miriam Haskell signature.

Item: SN2-640

Price: $120.00 US

Sorry, SOLD!

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Description: Miriam Haskell 22" Strand Glass Cream Pearl Necklace - A very wearable length, on its own or mixed with other pieces. This came to us in very good vintage condition, with one pearl having a 3mm x 1mm ding, and a few pinprick dings on other pearls. I have not restrung this, but if you would like me to remove the pearl with the ding and restring I would be happy to for a small additional fee. However, it took me a long time to find this ding and I think this is very, very wearable in the present condition. Patented slide clasp and oval hangtag both marked Miriam Haskell, faceted metal spacer beads have patina but no signs of verdigris.

Item: SN3-639

Price: $85.00 US

Sorry, SOLD!

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Description: Miriam Haskell Topaz Colored Floral Earrings - These earrings have a topaz rhinestone surrounded by a row of small topaz rhinestones, and then further surrounded by transparent plastic topaz colored "petals". The petals, of course, have small faceted metal bead spacers in between, and all has been wired on. The leaves move, giving them a kind of floppiness that makes it look like they are moving in the breeze! One earring has had the plastic leaves re-wired, all parts are there but spacing isn't quite right and needs to be re-done. Price reflects.

Item: SE9-622

Price: $39.50 US

Sorry, SOLD!

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Description: Unsigned Haskell Chandelier Style Earrings - I am quite certain that these are unsigned Haskell. Double filigree tops with french clip findings sport baroque glass pearls, prong set clear pear rhinestones and one of the baroque pearls is surrounded by prongset flatback clears (roses montees). Bottom portion of the earring has the same pearl surrounded by roses montees handwired to finding as the top, this is flanked by brass leaves. Five baroque glass pearls dangle from the bottom, with the center one surmounting a clear rhinestone rondelle and a pear shaped pearl. Dangling baroque pearls show wear and one of the pearls at the top of the pendulum portion looks as if the original wiring broke and someone might have glued it back instead of re-wiring (wiring is still there). Other than those items these are in very nice condition. Chandelier earrings have become a classic of any wardrobe, here is a chance to have an exceptional pair.

Item: UE8-638

Price: $69.50 US

Sorry, SOLD!

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Description: Unsigned Miriam Haskell Dress Clip with Aqua Beads, Black Enamel & RS - One of the best known of the unsigned designs, this is shown in Gordon & Pamfiloff book on pgs. 43 and 157, and listed as a WWII era piece, valued at $250-300. Beads are not quite as intense a turquoise as what my monitor indicates. All rhinestones are original and appear to be present, some have yellowed with time. Two of the 5 leaves show mild enamel loss, and stringing looks to be part original, part repair. Backs of potmetal leaves show age darkening. About 2" x 2". One repair string is wrapped around a bead in the back but does not affect the appearance of the piece.

Item: UD1-659

Price: $165.00 US

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Description: Miriam Haskell Green "Flawed Emerald" Bead Bracelet and Earring Set with Roses Montees Crescents - To die for bracelet and earring set. Bracelet uses emerald green beads separated by brass melon beads and tiny crimp beads, with small brass wheel endcaps. Triple strand culminates in an amazing dogtooth set 15mm cabochon with two crescent shaped filigrees with clear roses montees tapestry in three rows on one side. Earrings follow the same theme as the clasp with a single crescent shape on each. Bracelet has the oval cartouche; earrings are signed Miriam Haskell on the clip findings. Bracelet is about 7 1/4" x 1"; earrings are about 7/8" in diameter. I would date this set to the 1950's. From my personal collection.

Item: SS11-565

Price: $695.00 US

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Description: Unsigned Haskell Hess Articulated Dress Clip - Wired and sewn design using stacked brass pieces to form a jointed piece. Each open brass flower is centered with an emerald green unfaceted bead; top etched brass flowers are held in place by wired in green seed beads. First picture of back shows usual Hess dress clip finding, second picture shows handwiring to transparent plastic holed grid. Jointed plaques are wired together, and long strands are sewn thru to provide even further strength. All three strands terminate in another seed bead. 3 3/4" x 1 1/2" at widest point.

Item: UD1-593

Price: $175.00 US

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Description: Miriam Haskell Pastel Earrings - Lovely earrings with pastel shades of crystal that surround an unusual art glass pink swirled cabochons that measure 15mm across. Small baroque pearls finish the feminine look. Silvertone double filigree setting with screw-clip findings, marked Haskell along the back and Miriam Haskell around the part where the clip attaches to the filigree. About 1" in diameter. Excellent condition.

Item: SE3-549

Price: $69.50 US

Sorry, SOLD!

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Description: Haskell Crystal Bead, Rhinestone and Pearl Earrings - French clip style marked "Miriam Haskell" around the top of the finding. All done in lucious shades of pink; handwired to double filigree. Glass florals surround prong set rhinestones that are accented with glass seed pearl florals. Larger prong set rhinestone, brass leaves and flowers and a single large crystal bead complete the earring. About 1 1/4" x 3/4".

Item: SE1-371

Price: $87.50 US

Sorry, SOLD!

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Description: Haskell Seed (Faux-Glass) Pearl Earrings - Signed "Miriam Haskell" on the base of the "French" clip finding, these double filigree earrings use light cream 2mm seed pearls, all handwired in a spiral fashion. The pearls are fairly worn but the wiring is intact and happily show no sign of verdigris or breakage. Prong set clear rhinestone in center, twisted rope style frame. 1" in diameter. Probably from the late 1940's.

Item: SE1-138

Price: $85.00 US

Sorry, SOLD!

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Description: Haskell Niki Glass Pearl Button Earrings - Probably from the early 1960's, these use the screw-clip finding with the Haskell signature around the part of the finding that attaches to the earring. 1" diameter, goldtone. Metal is slightly worn on a couple of the "dog-tooth" prongs, and the underside has worn off plating where the earring would have contacted the body, otherwise excellent condition.

Item: SE8-317

Price: $44.50 US

Sorry, SOLD!

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Description: Beautiful Haskell Seed Pearl Bracelet - Link style bracelet in goldtone with two sizes of seed pearls surrounding a center pearl; hexagonal double filigrees with slide in clasp; signature is in oval cartouche with raised letters, safety chain. Links are connected with upper and lower jump rings. Bracelet is approximately 7 1/2" x 7/8". Some wear to pearls, with larger seed pearls showing the most wear (1 is missing). All the rest of the pearls are intact; metal shows little wear except for some on clasp inside, I can detect no verdigris. Lovely delicate look that reflects the femininity of fashion in the 1950's.

Item: SB1-528

Price: $195.00 US

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Description: Haskell Floral Seed Pearl Earrings - Done in antiqued (Russian?) silvertone, these feature small seed pearls handwired around a center baroque glass pearl. Double filigree with small metal leaves on top; seed pearls are in groups of 5 at the base of each leaf; large baroque pearls have filigree caps on either side and are also handwired in. Screw-clips are marked Pat. 2400xxx (sorry, can't read those last numbers!). Mechanisms have a place for a dangle but no signs there were ever any there. Slightly over 3/4" in diameter. One seed pearl may be missing. Very slight signs of verdigris on a few of the tiny wires.

Item: SE1-527

Price: $59.50 US

Sorry, SOLD!

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Description: Haskell Baroque Pearl Earrings - Cream color large baroque glass pearl is handwired in the center and surrounded by smaller prong set! glass baroque pearls. I was surprised that these were prong set rather than hand wired, but there would be not reason to prong set if they HAD been handwired. Someone "got here" before me and replaced two of the smaller baroque pearls with regular glass pearls; color wise they are a good match but obviously not original. I do not have a good match to replace with the correct ones, perhaps you do. Price reflects. 1" x 7/8", hexagonal filigree over larger filigree, screw clip mechanisms with Pat. 2400xxx, I am assuming that this color is the "Russian" gold referred to in Haskell advertising.

Item: SE2-526

Price: $36.50 US

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