Miriam Haskell was one of the first women to build a career in fashion. With her business partner Frank Hess, she created amazing jewelry that embodied the Art Nouveau style. Jewelry pieces by Miriam Haskell are very much sought after, and the brand still exists today. 

 

 

Miriam Haskell was born July 1, 1899, in Tell City, Indiana, in a family of Russian-Jewish immigrants who owned a small grocery store. Thirty years later, Miriam would be drinking tea with Coco Chanel at Madame Gripoix's salon in Paris, selecting beads for her next collection. Despite being very different, these two great women were friends. While Miriam had her partner Frank Hess, Coco was all alone. They'd talk a lot. Sharing ideas and exchanging secrets of their famous clients. They belonged to a new class of independent women who built their careers by creating products for the world of haute couture.  

Miriam Haskell opened her first boutique, Le Bijou de l'Heure, in the New York McAlpin Hotel in 1926. She created jewelry for the society women of her dayfor the lavish productions of the Broadway impresario Flo Ziegfeld, as well as for the couture outfits of Coco Chanel. Joan Crawford, Lucille Ball, Gloria Vanderbilt the Duchess of Windsor were among her greatest patrons. It is known that Crawford owned an almost complete collection of Miriam Haskell jewelry created from 1920 to 1960. Miriam Haskell jewelry very quickly gained popularitybecoming collectible and very appreciated. 

Miriam Haskell was one of the first women to build a career in fashion. With her business partner Frank Hess, she created amazing jewelry that embodied the Art Nouveau style. Jewelry pieces by Miriam Haskell are very much sought after, and the brand still exists today.