Milk-Glass Bead & Seashell Long Necklace by Miriam Haskell
46" x 3/4"
Late-1970s (based on slide clasp)
"MIRIAM HASKELL" embossed on brass hang tag; "3427691" and "Haskell" in script on slide clasp
Gordon & Pamfiloff, p.63
This vintage seashell necklace with milk-glass beads is an exceptionally long (46”) strand by Miriam Haskell. It was made later than my usual 1920-1960 scope, but this piece is so whimsical that I bought it anyway. This jewel can be worn long, doubled or even tripled! It closes with a slide clasp, which is the clue to the date of manufacture. This necklace works well with other milk-glass jewelry, including earrings by the same maker. Scroll down to see them.
Vintage Earrings, 1940s Jewelry, Vintage Miriam Haskell JewelryThese milk glass earrings with beads and disks, rondelles, and gold-tone findings have a real Machine Age-look and associated movement. However, the use of French ear clips dates them to the late-1940s, and the white beads may take them into the 1950s, when white jewelry was extremely popular. I still consider this pair to be Art Deco in style, and I’ve seen the same motif used by this designer (Frank Hess) on earlier Miriam Haskell pieces. Whenever they were made, these ear clips are lots of fun! I saw them in an entirely new, bright, and glamorous light when they were chosen to walk the runway at Toronto Fashion Week for Spring 2019. See them on the model who looked stunning in a bridal jumpsuit with skirt. You don't have to be a bride to add glamour to an ensemble with these fabulous earrings!$ 245
Vintage Earrings, Vintage Miriam Haskell JewelryThese vintage milk glass earrings by Miriam Haskell have a scored drop. The top is formed by a round white bead surrounded by smaller ones, a typical trait of this maker. These earrings have adjustable screw-backs (the combination screw and lever normally used by this maker in the 1960s). Scroll down to see two more milk-glass pieces, a brooch and necklace both by Haskell, that look great with these pendants.$ 165