My mother collected Miriam Haskell jewelry. Well, “collected” might be too strong a word. But she did have a number of pieces. I was fascinated by them as a child, but never really liked them (then).
Now, I think they are amazing and wish I had more than the one piece I inherited. They are so interesting.
Turns out she was born and grew up less than 100 miles from where I live in a small town in Indiana. She died near here as well, in Cincinnati.
There is an article in the Feb/March issue of Garden and Gun that features the modern reincarnation of Miriam Haskell from a fascinating store called Patch NYC.
Here’s a photo of one of Haskell’s pieces from the 1940’s and another one from the Patch NYC collection.
There are certainly similarities, but I don’t know if I would recognize the beaded beetle broach as a Miriam Haskell.
And then there is Suzanne Belperron. She is French.
But they had a lot in common:
- Belperron was born one year after Haskell (1900 for Belperron; 1899 for Haskell) and died two years later (1983 for Belperron and 1981 for Haskell).
- They both started designing jewelry in the 1920’s, but Belperron’s career lasted longer.
- They both lost control of their work for a long time, only to have it be revived by Patch NYC in the case of Haskell and Ward and Nico Landrigan who relaunched Belperron’s jewelry in December 2015
There are a couple of important differences between them;
- Haskell designed very lovely costume jewelry
- Belperron designed luxury jewelry using diamonds, gold and other gems
- They had very different sensibilities
Here’s some examples of Belperron’s work.
Oh, and there’s another difference. Haskell’s vintage jewelry sells in the range of $400 to $2,000. Belperron’s is a lot more expensive. That gorgeous necklace above is $108,000.
Too bad my mom didn’t collect Belperron!