A harbinger for the holidays?
Certainly, the red and green colors of our faux bloodstone necklace and earrings set by Miriam Haskell demi seem to be.
But the bloodstone symbolizes a lot more; in cultures around the world, it's an aphrodisiac or a healing stone. The genuine bloodstone is a form of the semi-precious stone chalcedony with an unusual dark green hue, and blood red marbling or splotches. It is inherently eye-catching because of its colors.
Our Haskell demi is a nod to the bloodstone, hues, symbolisms and all. From the 1970s, it was created during a time when the Haskell company explored non-traditional materials and blazed new looks with its then chief designer Lawrence Vrba.
Deceptively simple in form, our necklace is a long necklace that's about four inches short of being a sautoir, and showcases faux bloodstone, via round lucite beads and large tubular-shaped glass accents. The lucite ones measure about 3/8" rounds and occupy most of the 35" length, except for four 1" long bands where the glass tubular beads are.
The tubular beads are capped on both ends by wide gilt bands. Each round bead has gilt floret caps. In between the faux bloodstone beads are a pair of red and green seed beads. The necklace has a rectangular slide clasp unique to Haskell creations, and widely used in the 1970s.
The matching pair of earrings are large oval glass cabochons, a bit darker than the tubular beads in the necklace. The ovals are nestled within gilt beds with beautiful French prongs. Earrings measure 1" x 3/4" and are clipbacks.
All pieces are marked Miriam Haskell. The necklace has a Miriam Haskell gilt oval hangtag, and the earrings are stamped Miriam Haskell on the clipbacks.
In overall very good condition condition, with fantastic large and small beads and cabochons, and nicely patinated gilt metal (with no visible verdigris). On the necklace, a couple of round beads close to the clasp have lost half of their green-and-red marbled "wrap", and show the original bright green bead color underneath. These are not a distraction to the beauty of this piece, looks good long and as is, or twice looped around. The glass faux bloodstone beads and cabochons are in excellent shape.
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