Miriam Haskell Vintage Jewelry
Miriam Haskell Vintage Jewelry is costume jewellery produced by Miriam Haskell, a comany based in New York.
History and description
Miriam Haskell's first boutique was opened in 1926 in the McAlpin Hotel, New York. It was named 'Le Bijou de L'heure'. It's aim was to provide high-quality hand crafted jewellery for society women. Her collections attracted an impressive clientèle, boasting amongst their patrons the Duchess of Windsor, Lucille Ball and Joan Crawford.
Miriam Haskell jewelry is founded on a stamped brass filigree base with modern pieces often using vintage bases. Individually set crystals and beads are set by hands and one of the more distinctive features of the jewellery is that the bare base is not visible.
Guide for collectors
Vintage Miriam Haskell jewelry is prized amongst collectors with many pieces commanding high prices.
It is estimated the signed pieces (depicted by a horseshoe emblem with 'Miriam Haskell' embossed inside) account for only 1% of her early pieces and so these are considered real rarities. Because of their desirability fake Haskell pieces are rife on auction sites such as eBay and so it is worth collectors doing their research before being tempted into purchasing.
Tell-tale signs of fakes include inferior clasping mechanisms and inferior quality metals and beads. Unfortunately, because of the intricacy of the work broken pieces are difficult to repair and thus pieces in good condition are generally sought. Collectors should be wary of pieces which have missing stones or are corroded and/or chipped.
Because of the intricacy of the pieces and the higher-class audiences for which they were intend genuine Haskell pieces command fairly high prices. There are, however, smaller pieces that make them accessible for smaller-budget collectors.
Items such as hair combs, stick pins can be sourced for $30 upwards.
Necklaces and earrings command higher prices with some of the simpler pieces available for a few hundred dollars.
Some of the more detailed and intricate pieces such as necklaces and chokers with faux pearls and rhinestones can reach in excess of £2,000.
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