Miriam Haskell (1899-1981) is the accepted Queen of Costume Jewelry
Design for the mid-20th century period. She designed her amazing
pieces from 1920 until 1950 and influenced a horde of subsequent
designers including myself.
While virtually all of my pieces are homages to the more opulent
Haskell jewelry, this one in particular made me think of her very
early unsigned pieces from the 1930s and early 1940s, although
it is in no particular way typical of any I have seen from that
era, aside from the spring-ring clasp that she used then, and
the ubiquitous filigrees that were a hallmark of her designs.
That said, I believe that this antique filigree necklace with
the typical cluster of Faux Pearls is very possibly an unsigned
Haskell necklace, either by herself or by her designer Frank Hess.
To the basic remaining filigrees, I have added a pair of vintage
Acorn clip earrings by the very talented Robert DeMario, who designed
jewelry, with echoes of Miriam Haskell, from 1945-1965. The overall
effect has a very Haskell feel to it. The intricate chain is original
to the necklace.