Miriam Haskell combines signature baroque simulated pearls with chunks of natural polished amethyst quartz for an atypical edgy effect in her '70s-'80s vintage necklace. Glass baroque pearls spaced with tiny purple glass beads extend bilaterally joined with Haskell's slide clasp closure. At center, the real fun begins with a large polished genuine amethyst crystal and highly ornate baroque style end caps finished in Haskell's Russian gold tone. At each side of centerpiece a rhinestone rondelle caps followed by a single baroque pearl and another amethyst chunk sandwiched between clear rhinestone rondelles. Center stone is irregular in shape and each of the quartz side stones is irregular in size and shape. Haskell's pairing of conventional, creamy baroque pearls with pieces of polished natural purple quartz shows us yet another personality of this complex designer.
The necklace is a fixed approximate 19 1/2 inches with locking slide clasp. Decorative center spans about 3 3/8 inches with a maximum 3/4 inch width. Center amethyst stone is approximately 35 millimeters x 17 millimeters; imitation baroque pearls, 10 millimeters and 8 millimeters. Weight of the necklace is about 68 grams.
Condition is very good vintage. Would be ranked excellent but for the two pearls that immediately flank the large amethyst center chunk. Each has some missing or flaked nacre at ends nearest to center quartz stone (close to where rondelles rotate.) We have shown these issues in a close up photo. Remaining pearls retain all nacre and luster. All glass spacer beads intact and free from damage. All rhinestone rondelles intact retaining all stones and brilliance. Natural amethyst chunks intact with no damage. Caps secure. Gold tone finishes intact. Necklace remains securely strung with no slack. Original secure slide clasp and oval metal hang tag intact. Extremely clean. Nacre issues as noted and reflected in price. No repairs / no retouches. Very good vintage.
The necklace is signed on one side of it's original slide clasp: "MIRIAM HASKELL" -- other side is imprinted with "PATENT 3427691". Original oval metal hang tag is signed: "MIRIAM HASKELL". Haskell began using this type of clasp in 1975 and discontinued it in the 80s.
Miriam Haskell. Making the most of going baroque. The purple reign in your pearl parade. At Cody's.
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