Featured Designer: Miriam Haskell

Miriam Haskell Jewellery, http://www.morninggloryjewelry.com

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.

Miriam Haskell Necklace, http://wendyhumphreys.blogspot.com/

Miriam Haskell Necklace, http://wendyhumphreys.blogspot.com/

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.

Miriam Haskell Dress Clip, Etsy AntiguaNM

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.

Haskellesque Necklace and Brooch, Black Dahlia's Collection

Haskellesque Brooch and Earrings, Black Dahlia's Collection

Haskellesque Bracelets, Black Dahlia's Collection

Let’s have a closer look at her jewellery, shall we?

1940s Miriam Haskell Jewellery, http://www.morninggloryjewelry.com

As you know, I have a love for Egyptian prints and revival jewellery. So I simply had to post this Haskell bracelet! Wow!

Egyptian Bracelet Miriam Haskell, Etsy metroretromart

Miriam Haskell did many beautiful jet mourning pieces also, like the below.

Haskell Jet Cameo, Ebay shootingcreekantiques

Miriam Haskell designed some amazing novelty jewellery pieces out of Bakelite. These pieces often sell at high collectors prices.

Miriam Haskell Jewellery, http://www.morninggloryjewelry.com

Unsigned Haskell Necklace, Etsy PocoKiko

Do check out Morning Glory Jewelery to see more of Miriam Haskell’s work.


Black Dahlia

13 thoughts on “Featured Designer: Miriam Haskell

  1. Glorious jewellery! I particularly love the bakelite pieces and the coloured dress clip is really fun.

    I didn’t realise she lost her business to her brothers! 😦 Perhaps her life story would make a good movie!

  2. Sigh, I love her designs. The turquoise pieces are my favourite. Your collection is seriously impressive! You should consider doing a post about how you store/care for your collection!

  3. Hi everyone!

    Catwalk, yes it’s sad she lost her business to her brothers. I’m not sure exactly what took place, but it was unfortunate for her.

    Dallas, I’m glad you like them! That’s a great idea for a post. However, my collection is all over the place in boxes, jewellery cases, etc. I need to find a way to organize them better!

    Vintage, I’d love to see them. Show me on twitter?

    Thanks Garofit. ;0 I love your blog, by the way!

    Theodora, I love that brooch too. Such a statement piece. I think the necklace is supposed to be cherries.

  4. I love costume jewellery, especially brooches, nice collection, I am still learning so much, unfortunately I haven’t quite found my way with blogging yet, I have a bit of a computer phobia i do read your blogs and love them, I may not always comment, as it depends if on that day my computer likes me or not, today it does, yeah… keep up the good work

    • HI there and thank you for the comment. Don’t worry, you’ll get the hang of it. I just started blogging myself at the beginning of this month. If you ever need any help, let me know! 🙂 xx

  5. Wow wow wow! I love how giant jewellery got in the 50s and 60s… I think I definitely need more “finishing touches”, like jewellery and hats and gloves if I want to come off like a real woman from the past!

    Money money money!

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