Vintage Miriam Haskell Costume Jewelry

Miriam Haskell established her Miriam Haskell Company in New York City in 1926. From the get-go, her handcrafted floral-themed costume jewelry was a hit with the stylish women of Manhattan, who adored her intricate necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and pins. Haskell loved gilt findings and filigree, faux pearls, Austrian crystal beads, blown glass beads from the island of Murano, and, above all, rose montées

Unlike many of her contemporaries, Haskell was not a designer herself, but she was an excellent talent scout. Frank Hess was her first find. Where Macy’s saw only a hired hand to create its window displays, Haskell saw her young company’s first chief designer, a position Hess held from 1926 until 1960, when Robert F. Clark took over.

Perhaps because Haskell was not a designer, she almost never signed her pieces. Indeed, until 1950, when her brother Joseph took over the company due to Haskell’s health, about the only signed Haskells around were those sold at one New England shop that had agreed to carry the Haskell pieces on the condition that they were signed. Those pieces, which one Haskell family member estimates account for less than one percent of her pre-1950s output, came with a horseshoe-shaped plaque with Haskell’s name on it. Needless to say, they are very rare.

Some of the stars who loved Haskell jewelry included Lucille Ball, who wore Haskell pieces on her TV show. Joan Crawford was another loyal customer. She collected Haskells from the late 1930s through the 1960s. In 1978, a year after the actress’s death, her collection of vintage Haskell costume jewelry was auctioned off to great fanfare, partly because of Crawford’s reputation, of course, but also due to the quality of the pieces themselves.

Like a lot of collectibles, the value of a vintage piece of Miriam Haskell costume jewelry depends a great deal on its condition. Because her pieces are so intricate, it is difficult to replace a missing rhinestone or faux pearl. Look for metal that has not corroded and avoid pieces that have been chipped due to careless handling or wear.

Vintage necklaces are among her most sought work. Some have only a single strand of faux pearls. Others have multiple strands in matching or different sizes and hues — from traditional white to smoldering dark brown. Even the clasps are opportunities for embellishment, with pearls, rose montées, and filigree decorating their ends.

Bracelets are another favorite. Vintage Haskell bracelets often feature beaded flowers and leaves mounted on gilt or silvered hinged bangles. Other bangles are open at the back and many Haskell bracelets dispense with an armature altogether to remain loose and alluring...

Vintage Haskell earrings, either on their own or as matching pieces for a necklace, continue in the floral vein. The gilt, crystal, and pearl combos are considered the classics of this form. Finally, Haskell pins are perhaps the freest of all Haskell jewelry types. Besides the floral themes, Haskell pins incorporate a number of animal and shell designs.

Key terms for Vintage Haskell Costume Jewelry:

Rose montée: A precut crystal (the rose) mounted in a silver setting (the montée) that has either a tab with a hole in it or a channel in its back so that the mounted stone can be sewn to a garment or attached to a piece of jewelry. Comes in wide range of colors.

Finding: The functional part of a piece of jewelry such as the clasp on a necklace.

About our sources | Got something to add?

▼ Expand to read the full article ▼

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Researching Costume Jewelry

Researching Costume Jewelry

Jewelry lovers, venture through this amazing database of vintage jewelry articles, catalogs, and brochures, as well… [read review or visit site]

Emerald City Vintage Costume Jewelry

Emerald City Vintage Costume Jewelry

It looks like we're not in Kansas anymore with Elizabeth Rowlands' site on vintage costume jewelry from the 1940s a… [read review or visit site]

Morning Glory Antiques and Jewelry

Morning Glory Antiques and Jewelry

Jewelry collectors, feast your eyes on this internet gem! It's a goldmine of jewelry information featuring all styl… [read review or visit site]

All About Jewels Dictionary

All About Jewels Dictionary

This incredible reference dictionary on jewelry, from Enchantedlearning.com, is both beautiful and comprehensive. S… [read review or visit site]

Cathy Gordon's Jewelry Gallery

Cathy Gordon's Jewelry Gallery

With its vast galleries featuring clear images of jewelry and style, this site really covers it all! Divided up by … [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Most watched eBay auctions    

Miriam Haskell Vintage Moveable Pearl EarringsVintage Signd Miriam Haskell Pearl Flower Necklace Earring Set With RhinestonesStunning Early Miriam Haskell Rhinestone & Faux Pearl Dangling Grape Pin BroochMiriam Haskell Vtg Baroque Pearl Chain Triple Strand Necklace Rhinestone ClaspMiriam Haskell Elegant Vintage Faceted Glass Crystal Briolette Clip-on EarringsMiriam Haskell Bracelet & Earrings Pearl Set A Collection Of Miriam Haskell Pieces Three Bracelets Brooches Earrings Vintage :*miriam Haskell Gilt Layered Flower Brooch W//baroque Pearl & RhinestonSign Miriam Haskell Necklace Baroque Pearl Rhinestone Jewelry 51" LongMiriam Haskell Robins Egg Blue Glass Bead Necklace Earring SetSigned Miriam Haskell Near Mint Rhinestone Baroque Pearl 3" Vtg Stick Pin BroochVintage Miriam Haskell Gold Pin With Pearls Vintage Miriam Haskell Faux Turquoise Glass Art Bead Multi Strand NecklaceSigned Miriam Haskell Faux Pearl Rhinestone Mini Beaded Signed Clip Earrings MthMiriam Haskell Huge & Rare Draped Golden Chains Vintage BeltSign Miriam Haskell Necklace Baroque Pearl Rhinestone Jewelry 54 1/2" LongVintage Signed Miriam Haskell Silver Baroque Glass Pearl Necklace & Earrings SetStunning Early Miriam Haskell Faux Pearl & Rhinestone 4 Strand BraceletMiriam Haskell - Signed Cherry Red Faceted Glass Bead Necklace2 Row Sign Miriam Haskell Necklace Large Baroque Pearl Rhinestone Jewelry Vintage Signed Miriam Haskell Baroque Pearl Earrings!Vintage Signed Miriam Haskell Baroque Pearl Tear Drop Earrings! A Classic!!Signed "miriam Haskell" Faux Baroque Pearl Brooch-with Tiny Pearls-nice!Rare, Stunning Miriam Haskell Vintage Statement NecklaceStunning Vintage Estate Miriam Haskell Style Sea Shell Clip Earrings! 5285iVintage Miriam Haskell Signed 2 Strand Baroque Pearl Necklace FabulousSigned Miriam Haskell Vintage Earring Clip Flower Clear Rhinestone Gold Tn 3728Vtg Miriam Haskell Two Strand Baroque Pearl Art Glass Choker Necklace UnsignedVintage Wooden Czech Red Green Blue Flower Brooch Pin ??? Miriam Haskell???Vtg Miriam Haskell Gold Tone Triple Strand Faux Pearl Filigree Pendant NecklaceVintage 60" Miriam Haskell Style Baroque Faux Pearls & Victorian Beads Necklace Miriam Haskell White Milk Glass Beaded Necklace Bracelet SetOriginal By Robert Necklace (protege Of Miriam Haskell), Exquisite ClaspVintage Miriam Haskell Rhinestone Necklace Vintage Haskell Style Multi-strand Pearl Deco NecklaceLg 2 Strand Signed Miriam Haskell Necklace + Earrings Baroque Pearl SetVintage Miriam Haskell Chinese Style Necklace Faux CinnabarVtg Signed Miriam Haskell Baroque Pearl Rhinestone Flower Necklace Earrings LongVintage Miriam Haskell Signed Large Baroque Pearl Necklace FabulousVintage Miriam Haskell Signed Baroque Pearl Hinged BraceletVtg Signed Miriam Haskell Honey Amber Glass Baroque Pearl Rhinestone NecklaceMiriam Haskell Signed Baroque Faux Pearl Vintage 1940s Pair Of Earrings Clip OnVtg Signed Robert Miriam Haskell Studio Rhinestone Earrings Costume JewelryVintage Estate Signed Miriam Haskell Mother Of Pearl Mop Necklace!! 6368qFab! 1960's Miriam Haskell Beaded White Parure 2 Necklaces & Earrings * MatchingMiriam Haskell Style Bracelet Faux Turquoise Baroque PearlsVtg Miriam Haskell Gold Tone Graduated Necklace Rhinestone Clasp Multi-strandStunning Vintage Faux Pearl Ab Rhinestone Miriam Haskell Style Earrings!!! 4369nVintage Miriam Haskell Baroque Pearl Gold Leaf Rs Dangle BroochStunning Vintage Estate Miriam Haskell Purple Beaded Ab Floral Brooch! 6374kRare Vintage 1970s Miriam Haskell Baroque Pearl Ring SignedVintage Miriam Haskell Baroque Pearl Strand 58" SignedStunning Early Signed Miriam Haskell Faux Pearl Heart Flower Pin Brooch - NrIncredible Vintage Miriam Haskell Heavy Glass Green Beaded NecklaceSigned Miriam Haskell Vintage Necklace Pendant Locket Torsade Flower 107457.5" Miriam Haskell Single Strand Pearl Necklace "signed Tag"Miriam Haskell Vintage Gold Tone Floral Brooch Pin With Tassels Nice Vintage Miriam Haskell Signed Earrings Baroque Pearl Pink Glass RhinestonesVintage Miriam Haskell Baroque Pearl & Gilt Gold Clip-on EarringsMiriam Haskell Vintage Butterfly Earrings

Recent News: Miriam Haskell Costume Jewelry

Source: Google News

Da Trifari a Coro le meraviglie Deco' dei Gioielli Fantasia
ANSA.it, September 26th

Appartengono alla stessa categoria di designer, Gustavo Trifari (nato a Napoli ma trasferitosi negli Stati Uniti nel 1904), Marcel Boucher (parigino) Miriam Haskell, Coro, Pennino, Jay Lane, protagonisti dell'arte dei 'Gioielli fantasia', sviluppatasi...Read more

My Vintage Wardrobe: Natalie Leon, owner, Passionate About Vintage Jewellery
MyDaily UK, September 23rd

Those designs are influenced by motifs from Victorian and Georgian jewellery as well as designers like Stanley Hagler and Miriam Haskell. I sell my own pieces in the shop to complement the original vintage items and the earrings start at £35 so they...Read more

The 50 best boutiques in London
Telegraph.co.uk, September 6th

Church Street is teeming with wonderful antiques dealers but the jewel in the crown is this costume-jewellery specialist, which has been selling exquisite vintage pieces for the past three decades from some of the best names, including Trifari, Miriam...Read more