Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Vintage Miriam Haskell Treasures of my Grandmother's

My Grandmother Suzuki's
Vintage Jewelry that I treasure

I often think about my Grandma Suzuki. My nickname for her was "Grams"as I was very close to her. I remember and will never forget how she would hug me close to her, that smell of her signature perfume, and how she always made sure that her hair was perfectly coifed, her face always pretty, and herself always nicely dressed. She was the best cook and always made sure that we were more than just fed. Her food was her love.

Recently, my mom and I visited my grandparents' grave in Kaneohe. We placed tropical red and pink ginger and ti leaves in their vases. I stood there and gazed at their gorgeous view of Kaneohe Bay and from that spot I saw my mom's house on the hill. We looked at their gravestone and calculated their ages. They both lived a long life passing away in their late 80's.

Miriam Haskell's baroque shaped faux pearl necklace and
mini rhinestones in between the pearls

When my Grams passed away, I still remember sitting on her bed which was filled with her belongings. My aunts were cleaning out her room and passing along her belongings to all of us. On her bed, what was left after my aunts had taken what they wanted were numerous scarves and my Gram's costume jewelry. I gathered up all her scarves, as like my Grams, I have a thing for scarves. I put them to my nose and inhaled her perfume.

I opened up the numerous boxes and looked at her jewelry. A large black expensive looking box was there amongst everything else. My aunts must've left it behind bc it wasn't "real" jewelry. But as I opened up the hinged box and found this absolutely stunning vintage Miriam Haskell necklace, I realized that they had left behind a real gem. You can't find this quality, detail, or romance anymore in the new commercial jewelry.

I believe that this Miriam Haskell necklace was meant to end up in my hands as it has led to my Love, appreciation, and fascination with the beauty of vintage jewelry and other things of the past. Whenever I look at this necklace, I feel Happy as it reminds me of my Grams. I can still hear her voice in my head, see her cooking away in her kitchen and turning to me and smiling.

Happy days from a happy childhood.

Other little treasures that found me
My Grams' "Service" pin
and vintage French perfume Crescendo by Lanvin

With my fascination with Miriam Haskell jewelry, I've acquired Vintage jewelry components which were used by Miriam Haskell to create their wonderful jewelry and I've created jewelry from them. Please check out my Etsy shops Stacy's Designs 88 and Blue Lovebirds for pieces using Miriam Haskell components.


Grace said...

Thank you for sharing such beautiful treasures -- and wonderful memories of your Grams. The most meaningful and best treasures are invaluable. It's wonderful that you have tokens of your Grams that remind you of happy, loving memories. :)

Coconut Girl Connie said...

I love Mariam Haskell...but most of all the way that these treasures connect us to our past. What a sweet post, your grandmother would be so proud of her legacy. The Lanvin...what a find!

Stacy's Designs 88 said...

Thank you all for your kind words. I'm so glad that my Grams and I have this connection to each other even though she's physically not here anymore. When I create new pieces using my Miriam Haskell vintage beads that I've picked up along the way, I remember my Grams and the appreciation for MH that she's passed along to me.


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