Cherish the Rarity


Treasured designer Miriam Haskell was born in 1899, at the height of Art-Nouveau Vanguard; she was one of four children, and the daughter of small-town merchants in Albany, Indiana. Some 30 years later, Miriam Haskell would have tea with Coco Chanel while selecting the upcoming season’s beads at Madame Gripoix’s- the finest source in Paris. While Miriam would bring her young design artist, Frank Hess, Chanel was alone. They would talk. Share ideas. Trade fashion celeb secrets. They were among a new class: independent women who began their careers designing jewelry to complement high fashion clothing in an exclusive boutique.

Haskell's creations are still made entirely by hand. The value of a Miriam Haskell piece was, and still is, a reflection of this workmanship and meticulous detail. One piece may take as long as three days to create. Miriam Haskell was simple elegance. Her friends were ‘the’ New York and Hollywood glitterati. She opened her first boutique in 1926, Le Bijou de l'Heure. She created collections for the society women of her day, the lavish productions of Flo Ziegfeld, as well as the couture of Coco Chanel. Joan Crawford, Lucille Ball, the Duchess of Windsor, were among her greatest patrons.

Vintage jewelry remains a cherished trend that compliments style, grace and shows appreciation for uniqueness and rarity. You can never go wrong.

  1. Comment by Some Style... on May 31, 2010 at 3:50 PM  

    looking oh so pretty! love it! tres chic!

  2. Comment by dining room table on July 10, 2010 at 12:40 AM  

    I never saw anything like that before. It is very unique. I wonder, what made is that gorgeous jewelry. I know it will cost a lot of money to buy that very fascinating jewel.