White Milk Stone Brooch
This vintage white milk stone brooch by jewelry designer Miriam Haskell is a very decorative piece and a prime example of the delicate, intricate filigree that is a hallmark of her jewelry. From a large, central white globe-shaped bead emanate arms of smaller white seed beads to the rim of the brooch. In between the rays of white beads are arms of brass filigree that interconnect to weave a more complex pattern on the back of the brooch, where it is marked “Miriam Haskell.” They don’t come any better than this — the master craftsmanship is genuinely apparent.
This eye-catching brooch is in great vintage condition. Not only is the brooch pretty in design but also all of its white beads are still vivid and bright. The pin mechanism in back is in good working order, too.
This Miriam Haskell brooch is will do well with and brighten any outfit. Adding this exceptional piece to your vintage costume jewelry collection will only bring it more flash — and value.
Almost unheard of in today’s marketplace, Miriam Haskell’s creations are still made entirely by hand. The value of a Miriam Haskell piece was — and still is — a reflection of this workmanship and meticulous detail. Each bead, each crystal, each pearl is picked up by hand, hand-wired to an intricate brass filigree backing, and ultimately backed to a second filigree, concealing any trace of its construction. One piece may take as long as three days to create.
An authentic desire to create the impossible. Miriam Haskell was elegant. She knew how to entertain. Her friends were “the” New York and Hollywood glitterati. Many were in theater and film, and they appreciated her clever, eccentric manner. Fame was not foreign to her, nor was it something to which she aspired. She designed it.
At the heart of a Miriam Haskell piece is a filigree base made of stamped brass. These come from France, Germany, and the United States. The filigrees are plated separately in signature Russian gold or a specialty finish, then assembled, and then embellished. Vintage filigrees that are difficult to find are often used. Each element is first picked up by hand. Depending on the nature of the design, the element, no matter how diminutive, is then threaded, encrusted, or wrapped by hand onto a wire, a chain, or hand-set into a channel or finding. It’s the tight embroidery of the elements — which bears no sign of the base underneath — that is one of the most distinctive features of Miriam Haskell jewelry. In addition to meticulous construction practices, sophisticated, unique materials are used. Colors are characters unto themselves. Asymmetries, or the composition of the piece, are also emblematic features.