How to Determine the Age of Miriam Haskell Jewelry

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How to Determine the Age of Miriam Haskell Jewelry
Look for vintage Miriam Haskell costume jewellery. (jewellery treasure image by JoLin from Fotolia.com)

Miriam Haskell jewellery is made in America and has been available since 1926, when the 27-year-old designer started her first boutique in the McAlpin Hotel in New York, according to the Miriam Haskell website. This jewellery company is still in the business of making fine costume jewellery for the world. Every piece is handmade, and many earrings, bracelets and necklaces contain semi-precious stones and metals. Collectors use different clues to determine the age of Miriam Haskell jewellery.

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Instructions

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    During its first twenty years of production, Miriam Haskell jewellery was not marked or signed, so being able to identify Haskell necklaces, bracelets, brooches, earrings and clips requires some study of the style. Look for glass beads with tiny seed beads at the ends. Many pieces of early Haskell jewellery have dangles like tassels.

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    Determine the style. Haskell jewellery was stylish for its day, so study jewellery trends during each decade since the Roaring Twenties. Quality handcrafted jewellery with glass beads imported from France and Italy are key elements of Haskell jewellery, reports a Collectics review.

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    There have been several markings for Miriam Haskell jewellery over the past 84 years. Look for paper foil hangtags, which were used before the jewellery was marked or stamped. Look for round stamped marks. Round stamps or impressed marks with the Miriam Haskell name were the first signature. The horseshoe mark came into use around 1950 and continued into the 1960s, according to "American Costume Jewelry: Art & Industry, 1935-1950 A-M" by Roberto and Carla Brunalti. Look for the turtle and dove clasp and decoration on Miriam Haskell jewellery from the 1970s.

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    Look for oval metal hangtags, which dangle from the jewellery and began to be used around 1948, although they weren't registered until 1988. The tags continue to be used today, but they're flat on the back, whereas the early metal hangtags have stamping indentations. This was the first trademark for Miriam Haskell jewellery.

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    Find new pieces of Haskell jewellery marked "M. Haskell," according to the Miriam Haskell website. The company also provides private label jewellery for Macy's, Target, Kohl's, Dillard's, J. C. Penney, Old Navy and Gap, as well as some other popular stores.

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