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Kenneth Jay Lane Modern 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 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 American Art Deco Kenneth Jay Lane Modern Bracelets

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Kenneth Jay Lane Green Jade Chunky Deco Bangle Bracelet
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
Art deco style asymmetrical style bangle bracelet by Kenneth Jay Lane in luxurious faux jade. Inner circumference: 7.75 inches Inner diameter at widest part: 2.75 inches Marks / h...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Art Deco Kenneth Jay Lane Modern Bracelets

Kenneth Jay Lane KJL Flower Bouquet Enamel and Crystal Bangle Bracelet in Gold
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
A bracelet by Kenneth Jay Lane featuring an assortment of painted enamel flowers accented with crystals in gold. Diameter at widest part: 6.0 cm/ 2.4 in Inner circumference: 16.5 c...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Kenneth Jay Lane Modern Bracelets

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Crystal, Gold Plate

Kenneth Jay Lane KJL Pave Crystal Raised Motif Bangle Bracelet Leopard Pattern
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
A bracelet by Kenneth Jay Lane in an exotic leopard pattern. Features raised gold-plated motifs accented with colorful crystals. Height: 1.6 cm / 0.6 in D...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Kenneth Jay Lane Modern Bracelets

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Crystal, Gold Plate

KJL Kenneth Jay Lane Blush Purple Enamel Ornate Gold Bangle Bracelet
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
Stylish Kenneth Jay Lane bracelet, featuring an intricate raised-motif design painted with blush purple enamel on gold plated metal. Hallmarks: Kenneth Lane, Made in USA Inner circ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Kenneth Jay Lane Modern Bracelets

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Gold Plate

Kenneth Jay Lane KJL Geometric White and Black Enamel Bangle Bracelet in Gold
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
A bracelet by Kenneth Jay Lane in an exotic leopard pattern. Features raised gold-plated motifs accented with colorful crystals. Height: 3.6 cm / 1.4 in D...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Kenneth Jay Lane Modern Bracelets

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Kenneth Jay Lane Link Blue and White Crystal Bracelet in Gold
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
A stylish Kenneth Jay Lane bracelet in gold tone, featuring linked textured segments accented with clear and blue crystals. Hallmarks: Kenneth Jay Lane
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21st Century and Contemporary American Kenneth Jay Lane Modern Bracelets

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Kenneth Jay Lane KJL Geometric Chunky Gold Bangle Bracelet with Pink Accents
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
A bracelet by Kenneth Jay Lane, featuring elegant geometric designs in gold, accented with pink resin accents and smoky topaz crystals. Height: 5.9 cm / 2.3 in Diameter at widest pa...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Kenneth Jay Lane Modern Bracelets

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KJLK Kenneth Jay Lane Floral Gold Crystal and Faux Pearl Leaf Link Bracelet
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
A stylish floral themed bracelet by Kenneth Jay Lane. This link bracelet features flowing, gold-tone leaf and branch motifs, accented with glass pearls and clear crystals. Hallmark...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Kenneth Jay Lane Modern Bracelets

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Crystal

Kenneth Lane Gilt Metal Cobalt Resin Link Bracelet circa 1990s
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in University City, MO
Kenneth Lane gilt metal cobalt resin link bracelet The luminous gilt matte metal link bracelet is designed with a row of cobalt blue color resin egg-shaped cabochons The back und...
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1990s Unknown Modern Kenneth Jay Lane Modern Bracelets

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Gilt Metal

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KJL Kenneth Jay Lane White Enamel Crystal and Resin Scarab Cuff Bracelet in Gold
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Kenneth Jay Lane modern bracelets for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a range of Kenneth Jay Lane modern bracelets available on 1stDibs. Each of these unique items was 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 modern bracelets, from our inventory of 8, can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look. We have 11 pieces in this collection 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 21st century and contemporary. Prices for Kenneth Jay Lane modern bracelets can differ depending upon gemstone, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $190 and tops out at $750, while pieces like these, on average, can sell for $420.
Questions About Kenneth Jay Lane Modern Bracelets
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The impeccable costume jewelry by designer Kenneth Jay Lane, known as the “Master of Faking It,” has been made in the USA and abroad. During Lane’s early years, much of his domestic-made jewelry was produced in New York and Rhode Island, while other designs were made in factories in Asia. Some of Lane’s imported jewelry pieces are stamped with Thailand or China as the country of origin. Shop a selection of Kenneth Jay Lane jewelry from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.

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