A friend recently introduced me to her gorgeous collection of Miriam Haskell jewelry. I was breathless. All of the pieces were so unique and timeless. I decided to go home and research the inspiration behind Miriam's craftwork.
It seems that nature serves as a big reference for her handmade pieces of art. "This passion for nature played out in a multitude of designs using metal and glass for leaves and flowers, round pearls, colored beads, many with irregular surfaces, and wonderful little creatures. Her nature theme extended to the use of organic materials, such as wood, shells, nuts, coral, silk threads, and woven cords."
It seems that most of her designs are somewhat playful, while maintaining very complex and luxurious details.
Her vision was enhanced when she hired FRANK HESS to be her head designer. Through his career with the company, asymmetry would be the hallmark of his designs. In thinking of his tenure as head designer, think detail: "The beauty is in the construction."
"Hess's art can be seen in the designs where beads terminate in tiny little glass beads, prong set rhinestones, or brass findings. Tiny motifs such as flowers or berries were often placed in such a way as to cover the entire backing. If there were bead fringes, they would usually be in uneven lengths. A single bead could very often be treated as an artwork by surrounding it with smaller accent beads or rhinestones, enhanced with additional complementary beads and findings in elaborate treatments."
You can find lots of Miriam Haskell jewels on E-bay-