A wonderful example of Miriam Haskell, a pearl necklace and earring set in the Art Deco style. The clip earrings and the type of clip used identify the approximate date of this set as the 1960s. The clip is called a comfort clip in that it can be adjusted and the signature Haskell came into the market at that period of time. The pearls used in this set are Niki pearls, from the Niki company in Tokyo Japan, the exclusive supplier to Haskell beginning in the late 1950s. They were very high quality glass items and these have stayed in very good condition without any peeling. The black tubular shaped beads in both the necklace and earrings are also glass. The necklace includes the Miriam Haskell name tag.
Miriam Haskell founded her own company in 1924 in New York City, retired in 1950 and the company continued under her brother and several other owners until it was sold in 1990. Best known for her imitation pearls of all shapes and colors, her imagination and innovative design utilized interesting beads and wonderful rhinestones. Frank Hess was the chief designer and a skilled artisian for Haskell even after her retirement. Larry Vrba became Chief Designer in the 1970s. Always innovative, Haskell jewelry is highly sought after by collectors and considered pieces of art.
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