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Kenneth Jay Lane Rings

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
CZ by KJL, Cubic Zirconia Rhodium Plated Cluster Cocktail Ring, Kenneth Jay Lane
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
A dazzling cocktail ring by Kenneth Jay Lane. Features a elevated prong-set centerpiece cubic zirconia in sapphire blue, surrounded by clear pear shaped zirconia gems. Smaller crysta...
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21st Century and Contemporary Kenneth Jay Lane Rings

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Zircon

Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Cocktail Ring USA 1960/70s USA size 5.3
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Stuttgart, DE
An elegant and very rare Cocktail ring designed by Kennet Jay Lane in the 1970s. It's lucky to find a ring like this! A lot of brooches and chains were made during this period, bu...
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1970s Artist Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Rings

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Crystal, Gold Plate

Rare Vintage 1960s Kenneth Jay Lane Bakelite Plastic Ring with Brass Studs
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare vintage 1960's bakelite ring with brass studs made by Kenneth Jay Lane, New York. Ring is a finger size 6.5 and is unsigned. Very good vintage condition with one dent on one st...
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1960s Artist Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Rings

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Brass

Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane KJL Ring 1980s
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in London, GB
Vintage KJL Snake Ring Incredible statement Kenneth Jay Lane vintage ring. Designed in the USA in the 1980s. Established in 1963, Kenneth Jay Lane made it chic to wear costume je...
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1980s Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Rings

Rare and Gorgeous Vintage KJL Snake Crystal Ring, 60s
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Verviers, WLG
Rare and Gorgeous vintage KJL snake crystal ring. Made of crystal stones, green & black glass cabochons. Gilt metal. Marked : KJL Size : French size : 54 – US : 7 Condition: Excell...
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20th Century Kenneth Jay Lane Rings

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Gilt Metal

Kenneth Jay Lane Gold Double Ribbed Pearl Domed Cocktail Statement Ring
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
Gold shine and faux pearl on this domed cocktail ring for a touch of sophisticated flair! By Kenneth Jay Lane. Adjustable sizes 5 to 8.5 Gold plated. Tags, Marks, Hallmarks: KJL
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2010s Modern Kenneth Jay Lane Rings

Kenneth Jay Lane Gold Flower Faux Pearl Cocktail Ring, Salmon Coral Enamel, KJL
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
Floral elegance by Kenneth Jay Lane! A cocktail ring featuring a flower, painted in salmon coral enamel and accented with a single faux pearl. Adjustable sizes 4.5 to 8 US Gold pla...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Kenneth Jay Lane Rings

Materials

Pearl, 22k Gold, Gold Plate, Yellow Gold

Vintage 1960s Kenneth Jay Lane Beige Bakelite Plastic Go Go Ring Brass Studs
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage 1960's beige tone bakelite ring with brass studs made by Kenneth Jay Lane, New York. Ring is currently a finger size 6.75, is slightly adjustable and a bit out of round. Bal...
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1960s Artist Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Rings

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Brass

Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Cocktail Ring USA 1960/70s USA size 5.2
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Stuttgart, DE
An elegant and very rare Cocktail ring designed by Kennet Jay Lane in the 1970s. It's lucky to find a ring like this! A lot of brooches and chains were made during this period, but...
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1970s Artisan Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Rings

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Citrine, Gold Plate

Kenneth Jay Lane Gold Plated Faux Coral Crystal Starfish Bombé Cocktail Ring
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in London, GB
Beautiful Kenneth Jay Lane gold plated bombé cocktail ring, set with pale and dark faux coral stones, and embellished with a lovely crystal starfish. Ring size UK N, US 6 1/2, but wi...
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1990s American Kenneth Jay Lane Rings

Kenneth Jay Lane Silver Polished Cocktail Statement Ring, KJL, Contemporary
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
A flashy, polished silver, statement ring. Add a perfect touch of silver glow with this ring from Kenneth Jay Lane! Silvertone. Adjustable sizes 5 to 8.5 Tags, Marks, Hallmarks: ...
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2010s Modern Kenneth Jay Lane Rings

Kenneth Jay Lane Gold Plated and Clear Glass Cocktail Ring
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in London, GB
Beautiful Kenneth Jay Lane gold plated cocktail ring, set with a wonderful large ridged clear glass stone. Ring size UK O 1/2, US 7 1/4, but will adjust to fit a smaller size with t...
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1990s Kenneth Jay Lane Rings

Kenneth Jay Lane Gold Polished Cocktail Statement Ring, KJL, Contemporary
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
A flashy, polished-gold, statement ring. Add a perfect touch of golden glow with this ring from Kenneth Jay Lane! Gold-plated. Adjustable sizes 5 to 8.5 Tags, Marks, Hallmarks: K...
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2010s Modern Kenneth Jay Lane Rings

Materials

Gold Plate, Yellow Gold

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Kenneth Jay Lane Gold Flower Faux Pearl Cocktail Ring, Salmon Coral Enamel, KJL
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
Floral elegance by Kenneth Jay Lane! A cocktail ring featuring a flower, painted in salmon coral enamel and accented with a single faux pearl. Adjustable sizes 4.5 to 8 US Gold pla...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Kenneth Jay Lane Rings

Materials

Pearl, 22k Gold, Gold Plate, Yellow Gold

Kenneth Jay Lane Silver Polished Cocktail Statement Ring, KJL, Contemporary
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
A flashy, polished silver, statement ring. Add a perfect touch of silver glow with this ring from Kenneth Jay Lane! Silvertone. Adjustable sizes 5 to 8.5 Tags, Marks, Hallmarks: ...
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2010s Modern Kenneth Jay Lane Rings

Kenneth Jay Lane Gold Double Ribbed Pearl Domed Cocktail Statement Ring
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
Gold shine and faux pearl on this domed cocktail ring for a touch of sophisticated flair! By Kenneth Jay Lane. Adjustable sizes 5 to 8.5 Gold plated. Tags, Marks, Hallmarks: KJL
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2010s Modern Kenneth Jay Lane Rings

KJL Kenneth Jay Lane Long Stem Big Pave Crystal Flower Pin Brooch, Black Enamel
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
Exquisite poppy flower brooch by Kenneth Jay Lane. This pin brooch features a long black-enamel stem with sparkling pave-crystal petals, accented with a black enamel trim. ... Clasp...
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2010s American Modern Kenneth Jay Lane Rings

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Crystal

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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2010s Modern Kenneth Jay Lane Rings

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Crystal

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 Kenneth Jay Lane Rings

Materials

Crystal

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 Kenneth Jay Lane Rings

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Crystal, Gold Plate

Kenneth Jay Lane Gold Kaleidoscope Collar Necklace, Enamel and Crystal Motifs
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
Kaleidoscope necklace by Kenneth Jay Lane. Signature KJL designs linked together to form a dazzling statement necklace! Colorful koi fish, flowers, jelly belly monkey, snail, fly, an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Kenneth Jay Lane Rings

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Crystal, Enamel, 22k Gold, Gold Plate, Yellow Gold

KJL Kenneth Jay Lane Embellished Flower Pin Brooch Yellow Resin Petals, Crystals
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
An embellished flower pin brooch by Kenneth Jay Lane. Features vibrant yellow petals accented with a clear crystal center and gold-plated stem. Hallmarks: Kenneth Lane, Made in USA
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21st Century and Contemporary Kenneth Jay Lane Rings

Materials

Crystal, Gold Plate

KJL Kenneth Jay Lane Pave Crystal Bow Motif Pin Brooch on Dark Gray Gunmetal
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
A stylish pin brooch by Kenneth Jay Lane! Features dark gunmetal tone bow accented with clear and dark iridescent pave crystals. A bright amethyst crystal is set in the center for a ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Kenneth Jay Lane Rings

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Crystal

Kenneth Jay Lane KJL CZ Embellished Pave Crystal Paisley Motif Pin Brooch
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
Sparkling brooch by Kenneth Jay Lane - a pave clear cubic zirconia crystal paisley motif accented with an amethyst crystal outline. Hallmarks: KJLane
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21st Century and Contemporary Kenneth Jay Lane Rings

Materials

Crystal, Zircon

KJL Kenneth Jay Lane Cherry Red Enamel Hoop Style Earrings in Gold, Post Back
By Kenneth Jay Lane
Located in Milford, DE
A pair of stylish golden earrings painted bright cherry red enamel. Sophisticated hoop-inspired design with a bit of flair! Kenneth Jay Lane. Hallmarks: KJL
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21st Century and Contemporary Kenneth Jay Lane Rings

Materials

Gold Plate

Kenneth Jay Lane rings for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs has a range of Kenneth Jay Lane rings available. These unique items were designed with extraordinary care, often using gold plate. 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 rings, from our inventory of 3, can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look. This collection contains 13 pieces as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. modern and contemporary are among the most popular styles of Kenneth Jay Lane rings available on 1stDibs. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 21st Century and Contemporary. Many customers also consider rings from K-OVER, Jo Hayes Ward, and Elizabeth Garvin Fine. Prices for Kenneth Jay Lane rings can vary depending on gemstone, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $135 and tops out at $782, while pieces like these can sell for $195 on average.

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