If you know anything about vintage jewellery, then you’re familiar with Miriam Haskell‘s name and designs. Miriam Haskell was an American designer who created amazingly intricate and beautiful costume pieces through the 1920s-50s. Haskell’s pieces were distinct because of the design, intricacy, high quality materials and affordable prices.
In 1920, Miriam Haskell founded her own jewellery company with creative partner Frank Hess (head jewellery designer). Sadly in the 1950s she lost control of her company to her brothers and ceased designing jewellery. The Miriam Haskell company continued to produce jewellery and still does to this day. However, it’s nothing like her original and incredible designs.
Haskell’s jewellery was very popular and often used in publicity shots for Hollywood stars. Her jewellery is highly collectible and very sought after. The more unique and intricate the piece, the higher the price. However, you can find affordable Haskell pieces at flea markets, antique shops and online.
It is often difficult to tell if a piece is a true Haskell piece, as her jewellery wasn’t signed until 1947. Haskell’s designs were so unique, that they were often copied by competitors. This makes her pieces even more difficult to identify.
I love Miriam Haskell jewellery and am very inspired by it. I have a few pieces in my collection which I believe are Haskell pieces, but I’m not certain. You can check them out below, I refer to them as my ‘Haskellesque’ pieces.
Wooden cherry necklace and brooch, similar to Haskell’s early wooden work.
Let’s have a closer look at her jewellery, shall we?
As you know, I have a love for Egyptian prints and revival jewellery. So I simply had to post this Haskell bracelet! Wow!
Miriam Haskell did many beautiful jet mourning pieces also, like the below.
Miriam Haskell designed some amazing novelty jewellery pieces out of Bakelite. These pieces often sell at high collectors prices.
Do check out Morning Glory Jewelery to see more of Miriam Haskell’s work.