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Miriam Haskell Jewelry: Craftsmanship at its Finest

Well-made jewelry is an investment. It is no different than buying a nice piece of furniture or a car. If you take care of it, you can pass it down to younger generations, and once it becomes an antique, the value may rise for the years to come. Rather than spending $30 here and there on “cheapo” jewelry, that only last a few wears, consider investing in some high quality bling by Miriam Haskell.




Miriam Haskell the world-renowed jewelry aficionado opened the doors of her first boutique in 1926 in New York’s McAlpin Hotel. “Le Bijou De L’Heure” quickly became the go-to shop for high society women to purchase custom-made jewels to match their haute couture ensembles. Joan Crawford, the Dutchess of Windsor, and Lucille Ball to name a few. During Haskell’s travels to Paris where she would hand select the finest beads and findings, she would enjoy tea with none other than Coco Chanel. It is said that Haskell’s “design artist,” Frank Hess would join the ladies as they discussed matters related to the fashion industry and upcoming collections.




Today, the Miriam Haskell company continues to run in NYC. Each precious piece is crafted entirely by hand and are reminiscent of Haskell’s original vintage designs. Many finished items feature pearls and Swarovski crystals pieced together into ornate treasures. The chandelier earrings featured in A Black Tie Affair are a wonderful example of this exquisite artistry. No matter what angle you see them from, they are simply stunning – one of Haskell’s key features.  Unlike your average costume jewelry, these masterpieces are assembled meticulously from top to bottom so that even the backside, or the clasp of the jewelry is dazzling (no pun intended!). I am happy to report, that Jest Jewels has the largest assortment of Miriam Haskell finds I have ever come across. Head on down to 1869 Union Street, San Francisco and tell them that KK and GG sent you. Or, peruse the fab assortment online at





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  • Reply Karin Rypl July 6, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Really enjoyed the history on Miriam Haskell!!! Soooo amazing her pieces are!!!

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