Miriam Haskell crystal pin from late 1940s. This piece is one of Haskell's most unique creations being made sometime in 1949. This brooch was designed by Haskell's chief designer Frank Hess in the form of this large sunburst motif accented by clear crystal gems. The pin is composed of a gold plated metal base which forms an openwork filigree gilt metal back. There are 10 flower petals which are accented by prong set white marquise cuts making up the front design. Moving towards the center the flower is decorated with prong set white rhinestones and rose cuts set around a center prong set large faceted white glass stone. The back has a pin and locking "C" clasp as well as the horseshoe plaque signed "Miriam Haskell". This is Haskell's first mark that was used between 1947 to 1952. Haskell started signing her pieces around this time because many of her famous creations were being copied. This brooch measures 2 3/8" in diameter and despite the age this brooch is in excellent overall condition with no wear and no missing stones whatsoever.