In her time, Miriam Haskell, was a celebrated American jewelry designer, business woman, and costume jewelry pioneer. In 1926, she opened her first jewelry boutique in New York City when she was 25. She created high-end jewelry until the difficult years of the Great Depression and WW11. She found a way to source quality, but more affordable components for the times. This is where her signature, Miriam Haskell Pearl was created. Importing glass pearls she designed from Japan, was a way she could still create beautiful pieces that reflected the obsession of french fashion to American women. Competing with Chanel & others, she held her own. Happily, her original, now vintage pearls can still be found and used by designers today.