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Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Brooches

Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Statement Maltese Cross Brooch 1990s
Located in Wilmslow, GB
Bold and striking there is no mistaking this is Kenneth Jay Lane at work. Ken Lane sadly passed away in 2017 so pieces made during his lifetime will always be a little more special. ...
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20th Century Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Brooches

Statement Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Oversize Beetle Brooch, 1980s
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in New York, NY
Delightful, oversize vintage KJL gold plated bettle brooch set with large cabochon glass green eyes and faux turquoise diamond shaped jewels on the wings. In excellent condition, sig...
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Late 20th Century American Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Brooches

Kenneth Jay Lane Vintage Elephant Pearl and Enamel Gold Brooch Pin
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Philadelphia, PA
RARE VINTAGE Kenneth Jay Lane Elephant brooch pin in excellent condition. Gold elephant shape with red enamel skirt, crystal eyes and details, and pearl base. Gold backing. Measur...
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1980s Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Brooches

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Kenneth Jay Lane (KJL) Vintage Starfish Brooch, 1960s
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Presented here is a beautiful brooch by Kenneth Jay Lane (KJL) from the 1960's. This lovely vintage brooch is comprised of a gold tone metal base with varying colors of faceted rhine...
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1960s Unknown Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Brooches

Kenneth Jay Lane 1980s Pink Cabochon and Rhinestone Vintage Flower Brooch
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Wigan, GB
This brooch is demonstrative of Kenneth Jay Lane's love of gilding and colour. One of the designer's later pieces, it dates from the 1980s. Condition Report: Very Good - Some wear to...
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1980s American Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Brooches

Kenneth Jay Lane Vintage Brown Enamel Snail Brooch
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Kenneth Jay Lane Vintage Brown Enamel Snail Brooch. This brooch is in very good vintage condition with rhinestones. There is a chip on the enamel on the top of the snail shell. W...
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Late 20th Century American Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Brooches

Kenneth Jay Lane Vintage White Enamel Beetle Brooch
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Kenneth Jay Lane Vintage White Enamel Beetle Brooch. This brooch is in impeccable condition and is an archive piece. Length- 2" Width- 1.25"
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Late 20th Century American Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Brooches

Kenneth Jay Lane Vintage Cabochon Lion Head Brooch
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Kenneth Jay Lane Vintage Cabochon Lion Head Brooch. This pin is in excellent condition with no stones missing. Length- 1.5" Width- 2"
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Late 20th Century American Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Brooches

Kenneth Jay Lane Vintage Cosmic Horse Brooch, Circa 1970
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This a rare and collectible vintage cosmic horse pin by Kenneth Jay Lane, from the 1970's. The brooch is silver and gold with a simulated emerald green eye and rhinestone detail.<br ...
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1970s American Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Brooches

Kenneth Jay Lane Vintage Humpty Dumpty Brooch - circa 1970-1980s
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Kenneth Jay Lane Vintage Humpty Dumpty Brooch - circa 1970-1980s. This piece is in excellent condition with a pearl body and rhinestones. Length- 2.25" Width- 1.5"
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1970s American Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Brooches

Vintage KJL KENNETH JAY LANE Maltese cross gold rhinestone earrings brooch set
By KJL
Located in Palos Hills, IL
DETAILS • signed KJL • gold tone with rhinestones • vintage designer runway brooch earrings set MEASUREMENTS • brooch 2.38" in diameter, earrings 1.25" in diameter CONDITIO...
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20th Century American Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Brooches

Vintage Blue Faux Turquoise and Rhinestone Cross Kenneth Jay Lane Brooch Pin KJL
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Montreal, QC
Robin’s Egg Blue Round Cabochon Brooch encrusted with Sparkling Ice Rhinestones. Pin measures approx. 2" in diameter. Classic and Chic…illuminating your look with Timeless Beauty!
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Late 20th Century American Modernist Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Brooches

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Gold Plate

Kenneth Jay Lane Vintage Gold Unicorn Brooch
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Kenneth Jay Lane Vintage Gold Unicorn Brooch. This brooch is in excellent condition with no stones missing. Length- 1.75" Width- 1.25"
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Late 20th Century American Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Brooches

Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane KJL Gilt & White Enamel Seashell Brooch, Signed KJL
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Los Angeles, CA
- Vintage item - 2.5" x 2.25" - Drenched in heavy white enamel - Gold plated - By Kenneth Jay Lane - Signed KJL on verso - Estate acquired - Good vintage condition
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20th Century American Modern Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Brooches

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Enamel

Vintage Gilt & Crystal Crown Figural Brooch By Kenneth Jay Lane, 1990s
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Los Angeles, CA
- Vintage item - Measures 2" x 1.75" - Gold plated - Colored crystal rhinestones - By Kenneth Jay Lane (signed on verso) - Circa 1990s - Estate acquired - This item has been c...
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1990s American Modern Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Brooches

Vintage Collectible Kenneth Jay Lane Brooch 1960's
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Austin, TX
Year: 1960 Hallmark: KJL Dimensions: H 2.55 in Materials: base metal, glass, faux pearls
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1960s Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Brooches

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Base Metal

Vintage 1960s Kenneth Jay Lane Faux Coral Shell Form Brooch
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Concord, MA
Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane faux coral shell form brooch, circa 1960s comprised of a mother-of-pearl shell encrusted with faux coral, with gold filled setting, marked "K.J.L." Measure...
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Mid-20th Century American Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Brooches

Vintage 1960s Signed Kenneth Jay Lane K.J.L.Tiger Brooch
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in New York, NY
This vintage tiger brooch bears the old “K.J.L.” signature from the 1960s. This piece has black enameling with clear and green crystal accents in a gold-tone setting. This brooch me...
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1960s American Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Brooches

Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Brooches For Sale on 1stDibs

Find an expansive variety of vintage kenneth jay lane brooches available on 1stDibs. All of the items for sale were constructed with extraordinary care, often using Base Metal, Enamel and Gold Plate. Our collection, which features older pieces for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 20th Century, has proven very popular over the years. The designs in our inventory of vintage kenneth jay lane brooches bearing Modern hallmarks are very popular. There have been many well-made iterations of these items over the years, but those made by Kenneth Jay Lane and KJL are often thought to be among the most beautiful. When shopping our range of vintage kenneth jay lane brooches, you’ll find that there are less available pieces for men today than there are for women.

How Much are Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Brooches?

Prices for vintage kenneth jay lane brooches start at $69 and top out at $1,500 with these brooches, on average, selling for $375.

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.

Jewelry of the 20th Century

1stDibs offers a range of Buccellati jewelry and watches. These unique items were designed with extraordinary care, often using gold. While searching for the most stylish antique or vintage Buccellati jewelry to pair with your ensemble, you’ll find that Buccellati diamond jewelry & watches can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look, from our inventory of 102. This collection contains 246 pieces, as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider jewelry & watches by and . Prices for Buccellati watches and jewelry can vary depending upon gemstone, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $800 and tops out at $220,000, while pieces like these can sell for $9,800 on average.

Finding the Right Brooches for You

Antique and vintage brooches, which are decorative jewels traditionally pinned to garments and used to fasten pieces of clothing together where needed, have seen increasing popularity in recent years.

Given their long history, brooches have expectedly taken on a variety of different shapes and forms over time, with jewelers turning to assorted methods of ornamentation for these accessories, including enameling and the integration of pearls and gemstones.

Cameo brooches that originated during the Victorian age are characterized by a shell carved in raised relief that feature portraits of a woman’s profile, while 19th-century micromosaic brooches, comprising innumerable individually placed glass fragments, sometimes feature miniature depictions of a pastoral scene in daily Roman life.

At one time, brooches were symbols of wealth, made primarily from the finest metals and showcasing exquisite precious gemstones. Today, these jewels are inclusive and universal, and you don’t have to travel very far to find an admirer of brooches. They can be richly geometric in form, such as the ornate diamond pins dating from the Art Deco era, or designer-specific, such as the celebrated naturalistic works created by Tiffany & Co., the milk glass and gold confections crafted by Trifari or handmade vintage Chanel brooches of silk or laminated sheer fabric.

Brooches are versatile and adaptable. These decorative accessories can be worn in your hair, on hats, scarves and on the lower point of V-neck clothing. Pin a dazzling brooch to the lapel of your blazer-and-tee combo or add a cluster of smaller pins to your overcoat. And while brooches have their place in “mourning jewelry,” in that a mourning brooch is representative of your connection to a lost loved one, they’re widely seen as romantic and symbolic of love, so much so that a hardcore brooch enthusiast might advocate for brooches to be worn over the heart.

Today, find a wide variety of antique and vintage brooches on 1stDibs, including gold brooches, sapphire brooches and more.