The first thing I'd like to point out about this piece is the unusual square snake chain. No, strike that. The FIRST thing I'd like to point out is the stellar condition of this piece of vintage jewelry! Aside from some minor plating issues on on of the spacer beads and on the endcap of the long focal bead, this necklace is--in my opinion--pristine!!!
Ok, NOW, we can talk about the snake chain, and the patented clasp. It's called a slide clasp, and Haskell started using this particular clasp in 1975. So, this necklace is from sometime after 1975. The chain itself is sturdy and, aside from needing a cleaning, in perfect condition. The clasp is signed on one side "Miriam Haskell," and, on the other side, "Patent 3427691." This patent number relates to the clasp, not the necklace. There is also a tag on the other end of the chain that is signed "Miriam Haskell."
The beads in the center consist of glass pearls, either glass or light green jade 10-12mm beads, and one oblong, cube-shaped glass bead that, amazingly enough, shows very little wear.
The necklace is 16.5" long and is, therefore, considered a choker.
To operate the clasp, you push the jump ring on one end towards the back of the clasp (on the other end of the chain). This slides the clasp open. To close, you just place the jump ring into the clasp opening and push the jump ring toward the other end of the chain. This will slide the clasp closed. SO much easier to operate than a lobster clasp!
I could wax poetic about this necklace, but I won't. As always, please review the photos and convo me with any questions!
MIRIAM HASKELL Vintage Square Snake Chain Choker with Glass, Pearls and Gemstone Beads
- Vintage item from the 1970s
- Materials: goldtone, brass, glass, gemstone, pearl, slide clasp, snake chain, square snake chain
- Feedback: 55 reviews
- Ships worldwide from Tennessee, United States