Vintage Miriam Haskell fashion—a fabulous blend of Natural Precious Coral branches from the Mediterranean with Art Glass beads. We think the piece was Art Deco, circa 1930 - 1940. The necklace is unusual in that the Coral is the real thing – most of Haskell's pieces used faux jewels to keep the price affordable.
Starting with her first shop in 1926, Miriam Haskell built a notable clientele including royalty in the form of Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor, movie stars such as Joan Crawford and Lucille Ball, and society women including Gloria Vanderbilt. Haskell worked closely with her friend Coco Chanel, designing jewels for Chanel's couture collections.
Her pieces were successful because of their detail, quality, workmanship and price. Her European-trained craftsmen painstakingly built up complex multi-layer wired motifs like this necklace. This tight and careful wiring leaves little sign of the base beneath, one of the most distinctive features of Miriam Haskell jewelry.
Like many of her high fashion pieces, this necklace was designed to be worn high on the neck—please note the length.
Priced to sell quickly, don't wait to acquire this rare and desirable necklace
Period & Mfg Date: Art Deco, 1930's - 1940
Condition: Very Good
Gem Identity: Precious Coral, Art Glass Beads
Coral Shape & Cut: Natural Branches, tumble polished
Coral Measurements: ~ 8 to 15 mm long, 2 to 4 mm thick
Coral Color: Orange Red
Art Glass Beads: Faceted Ovals, ~ 5 to 8 mm, smoke gray color
Metal: Brass, Steel
Decoration/Polish: High Polish
Marks: Miriam Haskell trademarked clasp
Total Weight: 131 grams
Length: 14.5 inches
Art Deco Miriam Haskell Coral Glass Necklace