Here is a pair of beautiful Miriam Haskell dress clips with her iconic clip backs and set with turquoise glass beads. After a trip to Santa Fe, turquoise became one of Haskell's favorite colors for her jewelry. Though I have had many Haskell dress clips over the years, I have never had ones joined together like this. The clip backs are the ones Haskell used in the 1930's and '40's, and as I look at the construction of them, it is clear that they had an attachment built in them to attach a string or beads. This set may have originally been one of her Lariat necklaces, as the length of the beads appears too short to me; the length is 2 and 3/4". Also the clasps on the ends of the beads where they attach to the clips appear too new. Having said all this, the clips are stunning, all matched in beads with none missing. They measure 1 and 1/2" by 1". The clips have a tight snap; none are loose and are wired tightly; finally, the beads are not cracked. This is exactly the way the set was found, and it indicates that someone thought it important enough to keep the clips attached to each other. They certainly can be easily removed from the length of beads which could be used for something else, or if you have other turquoise Haskell beads you could lengthen the string of beads. If you love the early Haskell, this dress clip set is truly lovely, a great addition to a vintage, Frank Hess era Haskell collection.
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