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Kenneth Jay Lane KJL Multicolor Jelly Cabochon Gold Bezel Link Necklace
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
A stylish Kenneth Jay Lane necklace, featuring opaque green, red, and blue cabochons set in open-back gold-plated bezels. 43.5 cm Length + 7 cm extension chain Hallmarks: KJL, China
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21st Century and Contemporary Link Necklaces

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Gold Plate

Kenneth Jay Lane 1980s Scarab Beetle Necklace
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Amazing vintage Kenneth J Lane necklace! Circa 1980s, this gold toned necklace features scarab beetles embossed on each domed oval link. Hook closure and signed KJL. A true vintage p...
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Vintage 1980s American Chain Necklaces

Kenneth Jay Lane 1960s Jeweled Statement Necklace
By Kenneth Lane
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
This statement necklace will put your statement necklace to shame. This beautiful and dramatic Kenneth (jay) Lane Necklace will elevate your jewelry collection and have everyone in a...
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Vintage 1960s American Pendant Necklaces

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Gold Plate

Kenneth Jay Lane, K.J.L. Pre 1973s Snake Clasp Necklace.
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful and elegant late 1960s to pre 1973 Kenneth Jay Lane necklace. It is comprised of three strands of gold .19 of an inch wide by .5 of an inch long oval links with rope twis...
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Vintage 1970s American Chain Necklaces

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Gold Plate

Kenneth Jay Lane Faux Amber Necklace
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in New York, NY
Large faux amber bead necklace in bakelite by Kenneth Jay Lane in the ethnic taste. Oversized beads are spaced with gold beads and a large drop with gilt cap hangs as a pendant. Impo...
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Vintage 1980s American Drop Necklaces

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Gilt Metal

Kenneth Jay Lane Laguna Pearl Necklace
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in New York, NY
Glamorous Kenneth Jay Lane, Laguna multi strand faux pearl necklace with elaborate jeweled clasp of faux sapphires and emeralds in the style of David Webb. 1960's USA. Shortest len...
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Vintage 1960s American Beaded Necklaces

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Gilt Metal

Kenneth Lane Pearl and Rhinestone Necklace
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Stunning Kenneth J. Lane pearl collar necklace featuring clear rhinestones in a silver-tone setting. I believe this is part of his "Let Them Eat Cake " line. Signed, "Kenneth Lane."...
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20th Century Choker Necklaces

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Pearl

Kenneth Jay Lane Ancient Medallion Necklace
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in New York, NY
Elegant Kenneth Jay Lane Ancient Medallion Necklace in the Moroccan style with rich gold bead spacers and long adjustable chain. 1980's USA. 25" x 2". Excellent condition.
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Vintage 1980s American Drop Necklaces

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Gilt Metal

Kenneth Lane Gilt Leaf Pendant Necklace circa 1990s
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in University City, MO
Kenneth Lane Dramatic gilt leaf pendant necklace The unique necklace is designed with a large scale gilt matte metal stylized leaf The luminous gilt metal leaf pendant is suspended...
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Late 20th Century Unknown Artisan Pendant Necklaces

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Base Metal, Gilt Metal

Kenneth Jay Lane Chunky Cream Hand-Knotted Necklace
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in New York, NY
Kenneth Jay Lane whimsical chunky cream-colored hand-knotted necklace measures 15 inches in length with a width of 3/4.
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Vintage 1980s American Artisan Choker Necklaces

Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Art Deco Style Faux Lapis Onyx Crystal Suite
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Wilmslow, GB
An impressive vintage suite of Jewellery from Kenneth Jay Lane in the 1990s. KJL is renowned for his mastery of costume jewellery since the 1960s and has amassed a gigantic followin...
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20th Century More Necklaces

1980s Kenneth Jay Lane Faux Pearl & Cabochon Emerald Necklace
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane large knotted faux-pearl necklace with over sized poured green glass pendant set in gold-plated metal, 1980s. Excellent condition. Length: 17" Pendant Le...
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Vintage 1980s American Modern Drop Necklaces

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Pearl, Gold Plate

Kenneth Jay Lane Amazonite Bead Necklace with Golden Accents
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
Kenneth Jay Lane amazonite bead necklace in earthy teal, tan, white, and gray tones. Gold-plated hook clasp. Length: 59 cm / 23 in Hallmarks: Kenneth Lane
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21st Century and Contemporary Beaded Necklaces

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Amazonite

Kenneth J. Lane Large Cross Necklace or Belt, Costume Jewelry
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Stamford, CT
Large gilt cross embellished with cobalt blue translucent cabochons suspended from a 36 inch long chain.
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Vintage 1980s American Drop Necklaces

Kenneth Jay Lane Huge White with Hammered Gold Vermeil Necklace
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in New York, NY
Kenneth Jay Lane wonderfully huge white beaded necklace is accented with micro gilded gold vermeil hardware in-between and beautifully finished in the center with gilded gold ...
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Vintage 1980s American Artisan Choker Necklaces

Kenneth Jay Lane KJL Golden Plume Feather Link Necklace
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
A necklace by Kenneth Jay Lane, featuring exquisite plume feathers linked together to form a stylish necklace. Hallmarks: Made in USA Length: 46 cm + 9 cm extension chain
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21st Century and Contemporary American Link Necklaces

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Crystal, Gold Plate

Kenneth Jay Lane Gripoix Collar
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in New York, NY
Kenneth Jay Lane Gripoix Collar from the 1960's. Unsigned KJL but manufactured by Gripoix for Kenneth Jay Lane in the Byzantine style with large jeweled cabochons. 12" x 1" wide. 196...
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Vintage 1960s American Choker Necklaces

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Gilt Metal

Kenneth Jay Lane Pearl Necklace with Large Pearl and Rhinestone Embellishment
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Stunning and impossible to find Kennth Jay Lane seed pearl necklace with the most amazing faux baroque pearl clasp framed in gold plate and rhinestones. Can be worn in the front or b...
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Vintage 1980s American Art Deco Beaded Necklaces

Kenneth Jay Lane Gold Studded Strawberry Pendant Long Necklace, Contemporary
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
Amber colored strawberry accented with golden studs hangs on a long gold chain. Pendant necklace by Kenneth Jay Lane. Gold plated. Tags, Marks, Hallmarks: Kenneth © Lane Length: 2...
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2010s American Contemporary Chain Necklaces

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22k Gold, Gold Plate

Kenneth Jay Lane Whimsical Brown, Cream & Black "Relaxing Leopard" Necklace
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in New York, NY
Kenneth Jay Lane whimsical "Relaxing Leopard" in shades of brown, cream and black enamel accented with gilded gold hardware as well as an etched gilded gold necklace. Eyes are...
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1990s North Korean Modernist Choker Necklaces

KENNETH JAY LANE Attributed Black Metal and Rhinestone Statement Necklace
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This KJL necklace is composed of a black metal with white and red rhinestones. There is a clasp closure. In great vintage condition. **Please cross-reference measurements for pe...
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20th Century American Drop Necklaces

Kenneth Jay Lane 1970 / 1980s Egyptian Revival Scarab Link Necklace
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in New York, NY
Dating from the late half of the 1970s to the mid 1980s is this unusual and rare Kenneth Jay Lane scarab link long necklace. Due to the popularity of the contents and artifacts of th...
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Vintage 1970s American Egyptian Revival Chain Necklaces

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Gold Plate

Kenneth Jay Lane, K.J.L., 1970s Rhinestone Pin and Pendant Necklace
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful early Kenneth Jay Lane convertible pin and pendant necklace pre-1973. Older signature of K.J.L., without copyright stamp, on oval plaque on the pack of the pin. Gold plat...
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Vintage 1970s American Drop Necklaces

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Gold Plate

Kenneth Jay Lane KJL Black Beaded Panther Cat Choker Necklace
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Sausalito, CA
Fabulous 8-strand black beaded choker necklace featuring a leopard head with green rhinestone eyes. Well-constructed with nice heavy weight.
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Vintage 1980s Unknown Art Deco Multi-Strand Necklaces

Gilded Mughal Maltese Cross Pendant Statement Necklace By Kenneth Jay Lane
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Los Angeles, CA
- Vintage item - Collectible jewelry piece from the mid-century - 30" chain - Pendant measures 3" x 3" - Gold plated with brushed texture - Multicolored crystal rhinestones in M...
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Vintage 1960s American Modern Pendant Necklaces

Kenneth Jay Lane Rock Crystal Chain
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in New York, NY
Early Kenneth Jay Lane Rock Crystal Chain belt which can also be used as a necklace as well . Faux faceted rock crystal cabs in resin are set into chunky, hammered gilt metal links i...
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Vintage 1960s American Link Necklaces

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Gilt Metal

Summer Kenneth Jay Lane Vintage Necklace Coral Choker of the 70s
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Verviers, WLG
Gorgeous summer Kenneth Jay Lane vintage necklace of the 70s. Made of resin orange and coral beads and gilt metal. Marked : Kenneth Lane Size : 42 x 5 cm – 16.5 x 2 in. Condi...
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20th Century American Choker Necklaces

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Gilt Metal

Jadeite Resin Curved Horn Pendant Statement Necklace By Kenneth Jay Lane, 1970s
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Los Angeles, CA
- Vintage item - Collectible costume jewelry piece from the '70s - 33" twisted rope chain with hook clasp - 4" pendant drop - Gold plated - Faux jadeite marbled light green res...
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Vintage 1970s American Modern Pendant Necklaces

Kenneth Jay Lane Ornate Colorful Crystal Kaleidoscope Collar Necklace in Gold
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
Kaleidoscope necklace by Kenneth Jay Lane. Famous whimsical KJL designs linked together to form a dazzling statement necklace! Colorful dragonfly, butterfly, coral, seashell, monkey,...
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1990s American Link Necklaces

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Crystal, 22k Gold, Gold Plate

Kenneth Jay Lane Pave Turquoise Cabochon Ball Pendant Golden Chain Necklace
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
A pave turquoise-colored cabochon ball pendant hangs on a fine gold chain. Pendant necklace by Kenneth Jay Lane. Gold plated. Tags, Marks, Hallmarks: Made in USA Length: 21.5 to 2...
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2010s American Contemporary Chain Necklaces

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22k Gold, Gold Plate

Kenneth Jay Lane Gold Hardware "Double-Ram Heads" Double-Strand Necklace
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in New York, NY
Kenneth Jay Lane wonderfully detailed gilded gold vermeil hardware "Double Rams Head" clasp accented with faux micro emeralds and diamonds paired with double strands of faux o...
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Vintage 1980s American Baroque Beaded Necklaces

Kenneth Jay Lane MultiColor Enamel with Gilded Gold Hardware "Owl" Necklace
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in New York, NY
Kenneth Jay Lane wonderfully whimsical multicolor "owl" detailed with gilded gold vermeil hardware with enamel overlay of cream and irish green enamel. Micro-size faux diamonds ...
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Vintage 1980s American Baroque Chain Necklaces

KENNETH JAY LANE c.1960's Gold Egyptian Scarab Large Statement Pendant Necklace
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Thiensville, WI
Vintage c.1960's Kenneth Jay Lane large gold tone scarab pendant necklace. Gold tone wire collar ring necklace closes with hook clasp, (circumference measures approximately 15"). Lar...
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Vintage 1960s Pendant Necklaces

Kenneth J Lane KLJ Purple Cabochon Pearl Rhinestone Enhancer-Brooch Pin- 1990s
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Wallkill, NY
Stunning KJL Enhancer - Brooch with Pearls, Rhinestones and a wonderful purple Cabochon Center. This un-clips from your necklace as well as being a pin. measures 1.89 in x 1.68 in. T...
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1990s American Necklace Enhancers

Kenneth Jay Lane Gold Multi Flower Pave Crystal Pendant Necklace, Black Enamel
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
A three-link flower pendant hangs off a fine golden chain. Each flower is decorated with clear pave crystals and painted with black enamel for a striking contrast. Gold plated. Tag...
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2010s American Contemporary Chain Necklaces

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Crystal, 22k Gold, Gold Plate

KJL Kenneth Jay Lane Flower Necklace Yellow White Enamel Faux Pearl & Crystals
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
This textured 22K gold-plated metal features an assortment of linked white and yellow enameled flowers, accented with crystals and faux pearls. By Kenneth Jay Lane, made in USA. Wei...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Link Necklaces

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Crystal, Gold Plate

Kenneth Jay Lane 1970 / 1980s Egyptian Revival Turquoise Scarab Pendant Necklace
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in New York, NY
Dating from the late half of the 1970s to the mid 1980s is this unique Kenneth Jay Lane large scarab pendant necklace. Due to the popularity of the contents and artifacts of the King...
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Vintage 1970s American Egyptian Revival Pendant Necklaces

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Gold Plate

KJL Kenneth Jay Lane Embellished Pave Cubic Zirconia Owl Pendant Necklace
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
A stylish chain necklace with an embellished owl motif. Gold plated-metal, with clear and amber pave crystals and dangling accents. CZ Cubic Zirconia line by Kenneth Jay Lane.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Pendant Necklaces

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Crystal, Gold Plate

KJL Kenneth Jay Lane Clear Crystal and Pink Rock Gold Collar Necklace
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
Pink resin quartz and clear emerald-cut crystal collar necklace by Kenneth Jay Lane. Gold-plated chain. Hallmarks: Kenneth Lane, Made in USA 43 cm length + 10 cm extension
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21st Century and Contemporary American More Necklaces

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Crystal

Kenneth Jay Lane KJL Coral Gold Bezel Pendant Gold Link Chain Necklace
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
A Stylish faux coral gold bezel pendant necklace by Kenneth Jay Lane. The chic pendant hangs on a 60 cm /23.5 in gold-plated link chain. Hallmarks: Kenneth Lane
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21st Century and Contemporary Pendant Necklaces

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Gold Plate

Kenneth Jay Lane Gold and Crystal Hinge Collar Necklace in Black Enamel, KJL
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
Elegant spring-hinge golden collar necklace painted in black enamel and accented with two large crystals. By Kenneth Jay Lane. Old-new stock from earlier KJL collections. Wonderfull...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Contemporary Choker Necklaces

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Crystal, Gold Plate

Kenneth Jay Lane Faux Turquoise with Diamond Pendant
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in New York, NY
Kenneth Jay Lane's combination of faux turquoise and faux diamonds set in polished gilded gold vermeil hardware measures 1 3/8" x 6/8", made in United States.
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Vintage 1980s American Aesthetic Movement Pendant Necklaces

Designer Kenneth J Lane Signed KJL Lucite Pools of Light Golden Necklace
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Montreal, QC
Sensational High Quality Multi strand Necklace comprising 8 Golden strands with Lucite Pools of Light beads. Screw together clasp. Necklace measures approx. 32" long with a 4.75” Dro...
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Late 20th Century American Modernist Multi-Strand Necklaces

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Gold Plate

KJL Kenneth Jay Lane Satin Gold Flower Necklace, Crystal and White Pearl Centers
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
Glowing feminine beauty! This satin gold flower collar necklace with crystal and white faux pearl centers elevates any look with sparkling, blooming flowers cast in a golden gleam. ...
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2010s American Modern Link Necklaces

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Crystal, Gold Plate

KJL Kenneth Jay Lane Red and Green Drop Accents Necklace w Faux Pearls, Crystals
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
An ornate necklace from Kenneth Jay Lane. Features emerald green textured resin accents, set in gold plated floral setting and accented with clear crystals. Carved ruby red resin acc...
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1990s American Drop Necklaces

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Crystal, Gold Plate

KJL Kenneth Jay Lane Clear Crystal and Faux Mother of Pearl Gold Collar Necklace
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
A faux mother of pearl and clear emerald-cut crystal collar necklace by Kenneth Jay Lane. Gold-plated chain. Hallmarks: Kenneth Lane, Made in USA 43 cm length + 10 cm extension
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21st Century and Contemporary American More Necklaces

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Crystal

KJL Kenneth Jay Lane Floral Gold Crystal and Faux Pearl Leaf Link Necklace
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
An extravagant necklace by Kenneth Jay Lane! Features flower-branch motif links, accented with clear Swarovski crystals and glass pearls. Set on gold-tone metal. Hallmarks: Kenneth ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Link Necklaces

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Crystal, Gold Plate

Kenneth Jay Lane KJL White and Black Enamel Crystal Collar Necklace in Silver
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
Embellished collar necklace, featuring a white and black enamel centerpiece accented with clear crystals. Silver-tone chain. From Kenneth Jay Lane. Length: 42 cm + 9.5 cm extension ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Choker Necklaces

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Crystal

Kenneth Jay Lane Bar Link Charm Necklace in Gold, features Ladybug, Car, Angel
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
A quirky necklace by Kenneth Jay Lane. Features five charms - including a ladybug, a car, an angel, and pliers. Motifs are decorated with subtle crystal and enamel accents. Hallmar...
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21st Century and Contemporary American More Necklaces

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Crystal, Gold Plate

Kenneth Jay Lane KJL Multi Strand Collar Necklace in Gold, Faux Pearls
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
An extravagant collar necklace from Kenneth Jay Lane! Features strands of faux pearl, mother of pearl, and lapis lazuli beads on gold link chains. Hallmarks: Kenneth Lane Length o...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Multi-Strand Necklaces

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Gold Plate

Vintage Four Strand Multi Color Faux Pearl Necklace by Kenneth Jay Lane, 1980s
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Los Angeles, CA
- Vintage item - 19" length - Gold plated hardware - Four simulated pearl strands (Champagne, Light Grey, Night Blue, Maroon) - Hook clasp - By Kenneth Jay Lane (signed on clasp...
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Vintage 1980s American Modern Multi-Strand Necklaces

Kenneth Jay Lane "Lucky Clover" Faux Diamonds Encrusted Pendant
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in New York, NY
Kenneth Jay Lane's wonderful "Lucky Clover" pendant set in polished gilded gold vermeil hardware and detailed with faux diamonds measures 2" x 1 1/4", made...
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1990s American Baroque Revival Pendant Necklaces

Kenneth Jay Lane Smoked Rhinestone Encrusted Large Cross & Nacklace
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in New York, NY
Kenneth Jay Lane's wonderfully wicked Large cross & necklace is encrusted with smoked rhinestones on both the pendant and necklace set in smoked polished hardware. The len...
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1990s American Pendant Necklaces

Kenneth Jay Lane Gilded Gold Vermeil Hardware with Optional Pendant & Brooch
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in New York, NY
Kenneth Jay Lane etched gilded gold vermeil hardware accented with multi-size pearl-like embellishments, has the optional choice of being worn as a pendant or, as a brooch for...
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Vintage 1980s American Baroque Chain Necklaces

Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Kjl Lilac Pansy Panel Collar 1980s
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Wilmslow, GB
A beautiful delicate Vintage KJL Floral Collar with adorable pansies. The pansy symbolises the love or admiration of one person for another, the word pansy taken from the French verb...
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20th Century More Necklaces

A dynamic topaz cabochon and paste collar, KJL (Kenneth Jay Lane), 1960s
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Greyabbey, County Down
This is the most wonderful Kenneth Jay Lane collar from the height of his creative strengths in the 1960s. It is a huge statement piece! Made of clear paste and topaz cabuchons (both...
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Vintage 1960s American Drop Necklaces

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Base Metal

Signed Kenneth Jay Lane Huge Cream Lucite Heart & Gold Tone Link Chain
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in New York, NY
Kenneth Jay Lane, who recently left us, created this wonderful elegant huge cream lucite heart is signed accented with a gold tone link necklace. The heart measures 1 6/8&quot...
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Vintage 1980s American Link Necklaces

K.J. Lane Wood Beaded Choker Necklace< Costume Jewelry
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Stamford, CT
Chic 60's large goldtone buckle design wood bead choker. Adjusts from 11.75" to 14.75".
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Vintage 1960s American Choker Necklaces

Kenneth Lane Vintage Flower Pendant Necklace
By Kenneth Lane
Located in Milano, IT
Lovely floral necklace designed by Kenneth Lane in the 1990s, fine French manufacture. The necklace spans 10 horizontal rows of colorful little flowers in shades of pink, purple, whi...
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1990s French Pendant Necklaces

Kenneth Jay Lane Ram's Head Necklace and Earrings
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Miami, FL
Kenneth Jay Lane gold tone ram's head necklace and clip back earrings adorned with rhinestones. Maker's mark on all pieces, "KJL." Earrings, 1.5" x 0.75" x 0.63" H.
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Late 20th Century American Modern Collectible Jewelry

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Metal, Gold Leaf

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Kenneth J Lane Necklace For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the vintage or contemporary kenneth j lane necklace you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. Many people prefer Black, but fashion is all about individuality — you can find Brown and more options on these pages. You’re likely to find the perfect kenneth j lane necklace among the distinctive accessories we have available, which includes versions made as long ago as the 18th Century as well as those produced as recently as the 21st Century. If you’re browsing our inventory for these accessories, you’ll find that many are available today for women, but there are still pieces to choose from for men and unisex.

How Much is a Kenneth J Lane Necklace?

Prices for a kenneth j lane necklace can differ depending upon size, designer and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $150 and can go as high as $2,619, while, on average they fetch $456.

Kenneth Jay Lane Biography and Important Works

The father of so-called “fabulous fakes,” Kenneth Jay Lane was a spirited innovator within the jewelry industry, designing elegant and luxurious pieces without the use of real jewels. And while Lane aspired to create classic designs for earrings, bracelets and necklaces intended for everyday wear, his pieces caught the attention of celebrities, royalty and socialites.

From a young age, the Detroit, Michigan-born Lane was a lover of fashion. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Michigan. He pursued a design career in New York City, and a failed start in the art department of Vogue magazine led to a decade of designing shoes for the likes of Delman and Christian Dior.

Lane would occasionally develop shoe designs for friends he had in the fashion world such as Bill Blass and Arnold Scaasi. A show for the latter afforded him the opportunity to beautify shoes with rhinestones and create bangles and earrings to pair with the footwear — he found plastic bracelets at discount variety store and had them embellished by craftspeople at a shoe factory.

A love for costume jewelry design emerged thereafter. Lane created his own collection and admirers such as Jackie Kennedy and Elizabeth Taylor showered him with praise. A pearl necklace he designed was worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. In the early 1960s, ready-to-wear pioneer Hattie Carnegie purchased Lane’s jewelry line. Lane was given the position of design director for Carnegie but he soon changed course, moving instead into a small studio and pursuing his own path.

Lane worked with milk glass, gilded silver hardware, faux coral and other materials, and sold pendant necklaces, dangle earrings and modern bracelets to private customers. He was fond of renowned fine jewelry houses Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels and designers such as Jean Schlumberger, and cited having found inspiration in Egyptian and Indian jewelry over the years as well as Art Deco jewelry. Lane’s designs, which he called “faque” and “junque,” became well-known for their distinctive color combinations and clever characteristics such as embroidery. By the time he purchased a small jewelry factory in Providence, Rhode Island, where his accessories would be made during the 1960s, Lane had secured relationships with top Manhattan boutiques and his work had caught the attention of fashion magazines.

Directed by the filmmaker Gisèle Roman, a 2018 documentary about Lane’s life and work called Fabulously Fake: The Real Life of Kenneth Jay Lane features interviews with legendary fashion designers Carolina Herrera, Tory Burch and Diane von Furstenberg.

On 1stDibs, find a collection of vintage Kenneth Jay Lane brooches, rings and other accessories.

Finding the Right Necklaces for You

We are fortunate to know much of the world’s long and dazzling history of necklaces, as this type of jewelry was so treasured that it was frequently buried with its owners.

Lapis lazuli beads adorned necklaces unearthed from the royal graves at the ancient Iraqi civilization of Sumer, while the excavation of King Tut’s burial chamber revealed a sense of style that led to a frenzy of Art Deco designs, with artisans of the 1920s seeking to emulate the elegant work crafted by Ancient Egypt’s goldsmiths and jewelry makers. 

In ancient times, pendant necklaces worn by royalty and nobles conferred wealth and prestige. Today, wearing jewelry is about personal expression: Luxury diamond necklaces exude confidence and can symbolize the celebratory nature of a deep romantic relationship, while paper-clip chain-link necklaces designed by the likes of goldsmith Faye Kim are firmly planted in the past as well as the present. Kim works exclusively with eco-friendly gold, and these fashionable, fun accessories owe to the design of 19th-century watch fobs. 

For some, necklaces are thought of as being a solely feminine piece, but this widely loved accessory has been gender-neutral for eons. In fact, just as women rarely took to wearing a single necklace during the Renaissance, men of the era layered chains and valuable pendants atop their bejeweled clothing. In modern times, the free-spirited hippie and counterculture movements of the 1960s saw costume-jewelry designers celebrating self-expression through colorful multistrand necklaces and no shortage of beads, which were worn by anyone and everyone. 

Even after all of these years, the necklace remains an irrefutable staple of any complete outfit. Although new trends in jewelry are constantly emerging, the glamour and beauty of the past continue to inform modern styles and designs. In a way, the cyclical history of the necklace differs little from its familiar looped form: The celebrated French jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels found much inspiration in King Tut, and, now, their Alhambra collection is a go-to for modern royals. Vintage necklaces designed by David Webb — whose work landed him on the cover of Vogue in 1950, two years after opening his Manhattan shop — were likely inspired by the ornamental styles of ancient Greece, Mesopotamia and Egypt

On 1stDibs, browse top designers like Cartier, Tiffany & Co. and Bvlgari, or shop by your favorite style, from eye-catching choker necklaces to understated links to pearl necklaces and more.