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Thursday, September 25, 2008


Tonight I want to talk about a vintage designer who is fast becoming one of my favourites: Miriam Haskell. I say "becoming" because it's only been in the last while that I've noticed the very high prices people will pay for an authentic piece of Miriam Haskell and I wanted to find out why.

When I began watching Miriam Haskell jewelry being sold on eBay, I was stunned. Her pieces, especially her sets were fetching massive dollars. I couldn't understand why. For me, the jewelry often looked somewhat chunky and over the top but that's just me. I tend to wear "quiet" jewelry. So when I saw a piece like this cranberry necklace on the right go for $750 US in an ebay auction, I figured there's something I must be missing! I began to research this great dame of vintage jewelry and that's when I learned that every single piece of Miriam Haskell jewelry was individually made. Each bead was strung piece by piece. In her large bead sets, tiny "findings" separated each bead, which helped keep the beads from rubbing against each other and wearing away the finish.

Then there was the intricacy of the "dangles" so common in her pieces, like the one shown in the orange necklace on the left. The workmanship is phenomenal, with tiny seed pearls carefully and painstakingly placed between larger beads and accented by turquoise-colored flowers and all joined by a network of wiring that is so deftly intertwined and hidden, the necklace remains beautiful both front and back. What craftsmanship and attention to detail.

It was on learning this and studying many more photos of Miriam Haskell jewelry that I began to appreciate why her jewelry, though not as rare today as say, a Schiaparelli, is so highly sought after. That coral orange necklace, by the way, recently sold for $537 on ebay. Yes, Miriam Haskell jewelry is worth more than gold to her collectors.

Since "discovering" Miriam Haskell, I've been fortunate enough to acquire a number of lovely pieces, mainly beads. Simple one-row beads don't cost as much as something like the set shown on the right. That one was one of my first "expensive" sets but it was so beautiful and so worth the investment. It embodies all the elements Haskell is known for and the fact that it's a 3-piece parure makes it even more valuable.

I have several "new" (old) Haskells I'll be uploading to my Ruby Lane shop in next few weeks as we get the photos done, but right now, you can get that amazing black & crystal bib or "cha cha" necklace shown at the top of this post for only $395 in my RUBY LANE SHOP. This one is truly a stunner. Click the link or either the photo at the top or the bottom to see more views and learn more about this necklace. It weighs a whopping 117.7 grams ... too heavy for a little person like me to wear but it's just gorgeous. I would never have said that some months back when I hadn't yet developed an appreciation for Miriam Haskell jewelry but we can all change our minds, can't we :))

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


It's been an interesting few days since I wrote my last post here about rings. I keep saying that of all the jewelry we sell from OUR RUBY LANE SHOP or our site at VINTAGE JEWELRY SHOWCASE, vintage rings are our hottest selling item. And nothing drove that home more than what I'm about to share.

That sweet little Art-Deco Sapphire/diamond ring shown on the right has been in our Ruby Lane shop for a few months now. About 5 people put it on their wish lists but no-one did anything about it. A couple of weeks back, I reduced the price when we ran our "EarlyBird Sale". It was listed for a mere $155. Well, in the space of one hour, 2 people contacted me about this ring. One was a young lady who wanted to buy it for herself as a birthday present but she had a couple of questions. I had just finished replying to her, when I saw an order come in for the same ring. At first I thought oh, she made up her mind quickly. But then I realized the order had come from someone else. That was it. She'd lost the ring. First in, best dressed they say.

Then today, I couldn't believe it when an almost identical situation occurred. I've also had the

fabulous Art Deco ring shown above listed in our shop for about the same length of time. I put it on sale too. This ring had more 'watchers' than any other ring in our shop, but still no-one did anything. Then today, the young fellow who had just purchased that sapphire ring above decided he wanted this one too. He emailed and asked about it and said maybe he'd put the order in tonight or tomorrow. I reminded him he'd scooped the other ring from that gal who wanted it and suggested he'd be wise to put in a purchase order just in case someone suddenly scooped him. He took my advice and ordered the ring. Well you wouldn't believe what happened next: another young man contacted me and said he'd been about to order that very ring and was hugely disappointed to see a SALE PENDING notice on it. Again, snooze and you lose.

Twice in the space of a few days, two people wanted the same ring at the same time. It was freaky! Unreal! But the point I'm trying to make is that when you see a piece of jewelry that you want and the price has been reduced and is more than reasonable, why wait? Why wait and take the chance someone else will buy it. Now I have 2 disappointed people and one very happy customer who acted on a good offer. That old saying "the earlybird catches the worm" is true.

So while I have you, I want to let all you ring lovers out there know that we've just uploaded all our new arrivals to 3 pages on our site at VINTAGE JEWELRY SHOWCASE. You'll find our less expensive rings HERE and the mid-high range HERE. And we've also added some new vintage items to our GOLD LINE, like the phenomenal Sapphire/Diamond Necklace shown below:

Why not be one of the first to view these fabulous new additions? It's not too soon to start your Christmas shopping ... but it can be too late to get that special item for that special someone if you sit there thinking about it too long!

Oh, while I have you, I've got a few vintage items, including 4 Shermans, on auction at eBay this week. CLICK HERE TO TAKE A LOOK AND BID! Auctions end Sunday night, Sept. 28 between 8-9pm, EST.