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May 05, 2014

Jeweler Miriam Haskell Designs a Charles James–Inspired Collection

By Ingrid Skjong | Jewelry

Miriam Haskell Jewelry
Courtesy of Miriam Haskell

Costume jeweler Miriam Haskell unveils a capsule collection inspired by the designs of couturier Charles James, who the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute gala (held tonight, May 5)—and its corresponding exhibit “Charles James: Beyond Fashion”—honors this year.

The designs, presented in black and white, are meant to evoke James’s renowned attention to structure, fabric and silhouette. “He was a visionary; his eye for style and design was impeccable,” says Linda Fialkoff, Miriam Haskell creative director. “He and Miriam Haskell both represented the best of American fashion design during their time; he for his beautiful ball gowns and innovative silhouettes and she for her attention to detail and love of color. They both treasured the art of hand craftsmanship and applied it to their work with precision and dedication.”

Pieces include a radiant collar necklace of Swarovski glass pearls and crystals (pictured here; $4,400), a jet starburst cuff of oxidized silver-plated brass with hand-wired Swarovski faceted crystal stones ($820) and cascading drop earrings of glass pearls and Swarovski crystals ($550).

Continuing the jewelry brand’s history of collaborations (it has paired with Marchesa, J. Crew and vintage boutique Decades), the new collection is glamorous, textural and does what every piece of jewelry aspires to do—engender a bit of change in its owner. “They almost take on a bit of a regal quality,” says Fialkoff. “so we hope that would translate to the wearer.” miriamhaskell.com.