The Jewels of Miriam Haskell August 02 2015, 0 Comments
This summer has flown by! Caitlin has been busy working, caring for her two year old son and expecting another bundle of joy in September so people say to spur on creativity that you should try one new thing a week so I thought I would try my hand at writing the blog. This summer, I have been swimming, biking and enjoying the outdoors. I have been cooking new recipes, some delicious, others not so much. I have been painting vintage furniture, which is quite fun! I have been stopping at side of the road vintage stores everywhere we have traveled, my husband is getting very efficient at reading all the online news publications as he waits in the car, haha.
One of my favorite finds of the summer has been a Miriam Haskell necklace. Miriam Haskell was born in 1899 to small town merchants in New Albany, Indiana. She was one of 4 children. In 1926, with $500 in hand, she opened a jewelry boutique in the old McAlpin Hotel in New York and a second outlet within the same year at West 57th Street. Frank Hess joined her in business that year and the two of them went on to design jewelry for Joan Crawford, Lucille Ball, Gloria Vanderbilt, the Duchess of Windsor, Bernard Gimbel of the department store chain, John Hertz of Hertz cars, and Florenz Ziegfeld, who decorated the cast of his Follies with her designs. She traveled to Paris in search of materials and shared ideas with Coco Chanel. Her intricate necklaces, bracelets, earrings and pins were made of glass art beads, faux pearls and Austrian crystals, hand wired to filigree backings with meticulous detail. Her beautiful and spectacular jewelry was soon sought after, cherished and collected by many. Check out my website for the beautiful inspiring Miriam Haskell piece!
Saturday, August 8th I will be selling at the Art Unraveled shopping extravaganza from 10-4, Embassy Suites 4415 E Paradise Village Parkway S, Phoenix, AZ 85032. Over 50 creative and talented vendors. Stop by my booth and say hi.