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Miriam Haskell pearl necklace with amethyst beads
Miriam Haskell pearl necklace with amethysts, doubled
Baroque pearl & amethyst bead 1970s necklace
Close-up view of baroque pearls & amethyst beads
Necklace clasp & tag with maker's mark

Baroque Pearl & Amethyst Bead 1970s Long Necklace by Miriam Haskell


MAKER: Miriam Haskell

SIZE: 35 1/2" x 3/8-1/4"

CONDITION: Very good (see description)

DATE: Mid- to late-1970s (based on slide clasp)

MARKS: "MIRIAM HASKELL" embossed on brass hang tag; "3894900" and "MIRIAM HASKELL" on slide clasp

REFERENCE: Utility patent # 3,894,900 (for clasp) issued to Frank Cirelli in 1976 (application filed in 1975)

This Miriam Haskell pearl necklace is a beautiful example of this maker’s work. The long strand of faux cream baroque pearls and pearl bead spacers is interspersed with faceted amethyst glass beads. The pearls are textured and somewhat varying in size. Wear this piece as a single long strand or doubled, depending on your neckline and the look you want to create. Although I usually prefer earlier vintage jewels, this beautiful necklace was part of my personal collection because it is so elegant, timeless and versatile. The wear to the nacre of some pearls does not detract in any way from the lovely appearance of this piece.

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Baroque Pearl & Amethyst Bead 1970s Long Necklace by Miriam Haskell

$345.00 USD
Why Buy Vintage Costume Jewelry?

One reason is that it’s environmentally friendly. Resale fashion and vintage jewelry has become a preferred sustainable and affordable shopping choice by today’s discerning fashion and eco-conscious consumer.

Another major reason is the quality. Although vintage costume jewelry was made for all levels of the marketplace – from dime stores to high-end fashion boutiques and jewelry stores – you will find only the best pieces here. They were well-designed and carefully made to last. The manufacturers represented here used only the finest materials – glass stones and beads from Bohemia, Austria, and France, and faux pearls from France and Japan. Settings were primarily sterling silver, gold-filled, or base metals heavily plated with gold, silver, or rhodium. Stones were hand-set, and pieces were hand-finished.

The northeastern part of the U.S. was the center of the industry, with the largest companies located in Providence, Rhode Island by the end of World War II. During the Depression, the quality of costume pieces climbed to new levels when many jewelers and craftsmen had to switch to this segment of the industry. In addition, it attracted many skilled workers who fled the political situation in Europe for the U.S. For these reasons, designs and manufacturing techniques rivaled those employed in the making of fine jewelry.

A third reason to buy costume jewelry is its uniqueness. Having survived for so many decades in such wonderful condition and having been selected for their aesthetic quality, the pieces you’ll find here are unlikely to be found elsewhere.

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