Pieces designed and manufactured by Miriam Haskell (largely a company rather than one single person, albeit it was founded by Miriam Haskell in the 1920s) continue to be one of the most sought-after names in vintage costume jewelry. For decades fans of Haskell's intricate work using faux pearls, rhinestones, and high-quality beads have been collecting these beautiful creations. The following resources are some of the best online to learn more about Haskell jewelry, including how to recognize early unsigned pieces.
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Researching Costume Jewelry on Illusionjewels.com offers a comprehensive list of Miriam Haskell marks and includes other research pertinent to the company. Scroll down the "H" list to the Haskell section to review this information.
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This vintage costume jewelry price guide includes a number of pieces bearing the Miriam Haskell mark ranging from traditional faux pearl pieces to unusual earrings comprised entirely of rhinestones (uncommon for Haskell designs). Actual selling prices are noted under each jewelry photo.
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This lengthy pictorial feature includes original watercolor artwork produced for Miriam Haskell, and many of the illustrations are accompanied by the finished pieces of jewelry. It's not only a visual treat to peruse this gallery, but a great resource for learning about and identifying early unsigned Haskell designs.
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From Cathy Gordon, co-author of Miriam Haskell Jewelry (one of the most complete books in the jewelry reference genre and well worth the purchase price), this extensive photographic display of unsigned Haskell dating from the late 1920s to post World War II will help you identify many of the numerous dress clips and pins made by the company in its pre-signature days.
Note: Use the pulldown menu at the top of the photo gallery to see other Haskell features on signed and unsigned jewelry.
Pamela Y. Wiggins is the author of Warman's Costume Jewelry.