The Miriam Haskell Company was founded in 1926 with Frank Hess as its chief designer who stayed with the company until 1960 when he was followed by Robert Clark (1958-67) then Peter Raines (1968-70) through to Larry Vrba in the 70's to Camille Petronzio in the 80's.
Miriam Haskell Jewellery has endured from the 20's to the present day and many designers who worked at Haskell went on to form their own companies. Of course Haskell pieces influenced many designers, not simply the ones who worked for the company.
Design was led by from the 20's through to 1960 by Frank Hess who was the godfather of the company's elegant signature style that used Russian Gold filigree, Baroque pearls, glass beads and when not appearing to be gentrified Russian grandeur, reflected nature with an inspired use of semi-precious stones, wood, plastic and even fabric. He clearly had a great eye for colour and design harmony.
Robert Clark (1958-67) was all about the structure, the symmetry and the size with a focus on the three-dimensional to create the appearance of a theme.
Peter Raines (1968-70) undertook his two years to take the Haskell back to basics and his designs were simple and wearable - indeed he thought very much inside the jewellery box and avoided taking any massive risks.
Larry Vrba 1970-78 bought theatre, showmanship and drama - but he remained respectful of past designers and so also was a guardian of past success. Vrba created many Egyptian Revival pieces.
Camille Petronzio (1980) previously spent 25 years with Alice Caviness (see the Alice Caviness) before joining Haskell. Petronzio introduced a retro line that reintroduced the company's signature look, thereby completing the circle back to Hess. The company now custom designs and makes for stores such as Barney's and celebrity jewellery ranges - one example - Jennifer Lopez.