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Kenneth Jay Lane 1970 / 1980s Egyptian Revival Scarab Link Necklace

$325

About

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 the King Tutankhamon exhibition that toured the world from 1972 to 1981, Egyptian iconography appeared in all forms of design in home decor and fashion. Kenneth Lane created several Egyptian revival pieces of jewelry including this long necklace. Each oval link is cast in the form of an Egyptian scarab, a symbol of the sun god Re and good luck. The scarab links are domed with the larger measuring .63 of an inch wide and 1.5 inches long including the top and bottom rings and .25 of an inch high. The smaller scarab link is .44 of an inch wide and 1.19 inches long including the top and bottom rings. The necklace measures 32.5 inches long and has and hook and ring clasp. On the ring of the clasp is the oval signature tag or charm inscribed with Kenneth Lane and a copyright symbol. The gold plate is a rich yellow gold in very good condition with very minimal to almost no wear. The last photo show a second Kenneth Jay Lane Egypt Revival piece of jewelry of the same period and is featured in listing reference number LU54411850942.

Details

  • Creator
  • Metal
  • Weight
    93 g
  • Dimensions
    Width: .63 in. (16.01 mm)Depth: .25 in. (6.35 mm)Length: 32.5 in. (825.5 mm)
  • Style
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1970/80
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Very very fine condition with a bright rich gold plate.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU54411850802

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    Ships From: New York, NY
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    This item cannot be returned.

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About the Designer

Kenneth Jay Lane

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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