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when I find other artists who make cool components, I get really excited to combine their amazing pieces with my ideas.  It’s supports their art and enhances mine tenfold. love the collaboration.  and, I absolutely love using Miriam Haskell pearls.  if you don’t know her story, you can read more below.  she was an amazing young woman, a jewelry designer in the 1920’s thru the 1950’s, with a lot of hootspa! :)   She designed a signature glass pearl (used in my design here).  And, happily, her original, now vintage pearls can still be found and used by designers today.  

  • artisan-made pewter heart link
  • vintage silver Milagros heart charm
  • crystal prism drop
  • silver plated crown charm 
  • tiny crystal drop
  • Miriam Haskell pearl stack with rhinestone channel bead
  • MH pearls are wire-wrapped onto 32” silver plated, etched chain
  • all metals are nickel and lead free 

 

 

If you’re not familiar with Miriam Haskell, let me tell you a little bit about this trailblazing young woman.  In her time, Miriam Haskell, was a celebrated American jewelry designer, business woman, and costume jewelry pioneer.  She opened her first jewelry boutique in New York City when she was 25.  She was noted for her original but affordable hand-made costume jewelry, which successfully reflected, and was sensitive to, both the economic times and historic events in America, be it the Great Depression of the 1930s or the war years of the late 1940s. Coming to the fore in America at a time when Coco Chanel had just launched her vrais bijoux en toc, or real fake jewelry, collection in Europe, Miriam was able to ride on an American obesssion with French fashion and model her early jewelry on European costume jewelry, competing directly with Chanel and Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli.