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Kenneth Jay Lane Cuff Bracelets

American, 1932-2017

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.

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Creator: Kenneth Jay Lane
KJL Kenneth Jay Lane Gold Polished Coral Branch Hinged Cuff Bracelet
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
More beautiful than the oceans! This nautical Kenneth Jay Lane cuff bracelet features glowing golden coral branches. 22KT Gold plated. Hinged bangle. Hallmarks: Kenneth Lane, Made...
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2010s Modern Kenneth Jay Lane Cuff Bracelets

Materials

Gold Plate, Yellow Gold

KJL Kenneth Jay Lane Green Cabochon White Cuff Bracelet
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
Kenneth Jay Lane cuff bracelet. White enamel and 22KT gold plated. Green resin cabochon centerpiece accented with faux emerald, lapis lazuli, and clear crystals. ... Measurements: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Art Deco Kenneth Jay Lane Cuff Bracelets

Materials

Crystal, Gold Plate, Yellow Gold

Kenneth Jay Lane Ethnic Inspired Cuff
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in New York, NY
Kenneth Jay Lane Ethnic inspired patinaed gilt cuff with clamp hinged closure. Dimensional swirl design looks incredibly sculptural and modern when worn. It can be worn in different ...
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1980s Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Cuff Bracelets

Materials

Gilt Metal

Vintage Kenneth J. Lane KJL Faux Coral Large Bangle Bracelet
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Wallkill, NY
Oversized Kenneth J. Lane faux Coral cabochon Bracelet. It Hinged Side Opening. Hallmarked on the inside. Measuring 1.88 inches at the widest. We have more KJL listed on our storefr...
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1990s Kenneth Jay Lane Cuff Bracelets

Materials

Vermeil

KJL Kenneth Jay Lane Crystal Maltese Cross, White Enamel Hinged Cuff Bracelet
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
A bracelet by Kenneth Jay Lane. Painted white enamel, with a stylized maltese cross motif in gold. The centerpiece features a single teal-green resin cabochon, surrounded by clear cr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Kenneth Jay Lane Cuff Bracelets

Materials

Crystal, Gold Plate

KJL Kenneth Jay Lane Tutti Frutti Cuff Bracelet, Rhodium Plated, Green Red Blue
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
Bracelet by Kenneth Jay Lane. Tutti frutti resin motifs in green, red, and blue accented with clear crystals. Set on rhodium plating. Hallmarks: Kenneth Lane, Made in USA Inner dia...
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21st Century and Contemporary Kenneth Jay Lane Cuff Bracelets

Materials

Crystal, Rhodium

1980s KJL Faux Turquoise Cabachon Encrusted Clamper Bracelet
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Beautiful goldtone KJL clamper style bracelet covered in faux turquoise cabachons. The bracelet opens on the side with a snap, 'Kenneth Lane' stamp on the interior. In excellent cond...
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1980s Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Cuff Bracelets

Materials

Other, Gilt Metal

KJL Kenneth Jay Lane Double Sea Serpent Crystal Enamel Faux Pearl Gold Bracelet
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
Double-headed sea serpent hinged crossover bracelet by Kenneth Jay Lane with intricate detail. Features gold-plated metal in a textured scale pattern. Each snake head is accented wit...
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1990s Kenneth Jay Lane Cuff Bracelets

Materials

Crystal, 22k Gold, Gold Plate

Kenneth Jay Lane Gilded Gold Vermeil "Double Rams" Spring-Back Bangle
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in New York, NY
Kenneth Jay Lane whimsical thick gilded gold vermeil finish "Double Rams" bangle features a spring-back for a easier fit. Both Ram's head is accented with faux emeralds. The t...
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1980s Artisan Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Cuff Bracelets

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KJL Kenneth Jay Lane Chain Link Five Charm Bracelet, with Toggle Clasp, in Gold
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KJL Kenneth Jay Lane Blush Purple Enamel Ornate Gold Bangle Bracelet
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KJL Kenneth Jay Lane Chain Link Five Charm Bracelet, with Toggle Clasp, in Gold
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KJL Kenneth Jay Lane Chain Link Five Charm Bracelet, with Toggle Clasp, in Gold
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KJL Kenneth Jay Lane Chain Link Five Charm Bracelet, with Toggle Clasp, in Gold
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KJL Kenneth Jay Lane Long Stem Big Pave Crystal Flower Pin Brooch, Black Enamel
By Kenneth Jay Lane
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2010s American Modern Kenneth Jay Lane Cuff Bracelets

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KJL Kenneth Jay Lane Gold Double Flower Pin Brooch, Green Crystal Stones, Modern
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
Mesmerizing green crystal centers surrounded by mini rhinestones in shades of green give this golden pin brooch a luxurious, verdant look. Gold plated. By Kenneth Jay Lane. Tags, ...
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Kenneth Jay Lane Gold Kaleidoscope Collar Necklace, Enamel and Crystal Motifs
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
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Kenneth Jay Lane for Avon Butterfly Pin Brooch, Swarovski Crystals, 1980s
By Kenneth Jay Lane
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Kenneth Jay Lane cuff bracelets for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers a range of Kenneth Jay Lane cuff bracelets. These unique items were designed with extraordinary care, often using gold. While looking for the most stylish antique or vintage Kenneth Jay Lane jewelry to pair with your ensemble, you’ll find that Kenneth Jay Lane crystal cuff bracelets, from our inventory of 4, can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look. This collection contains 11 pieces as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. Contemporary and art deco styles are among the most popular styles of Kenneth Jay Lane cuff bracelets available on 1stDibs. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 20th Century. Many customers also consider bracelets by J DAUPHIN, Yianni Creations and Bvlgari if you’re looking for additional options. Prices for Kenneth Jay Lane cuff bracelets can differ depending upon gemstone, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $250 and tops out at $1,285, while pieces like these can sell for $420 on average..

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