Dynamic KJL topaz cabochon and paste collar

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This is the most wonderful Kenneth Jay Lane collar from the height of his creative strengths in the 1960s. It is a huge statement piece! Made of clear paste and topaz cabuchons (both fixed and pedant), which are cast in resin (this would be to heavy to wear if the cabuchons were in glass!). It has a singular but very secure clasp.So reminiscent of the glamour of New York celebrities and socialites, international royatly and similar of the 1960s, this necklace is unique and dazzling!
Kenneth Jay Lane was born 1932 in Detroit. He worked as a shoe designer for Christian Dior in New York, under Roger Vivier, before setting up ’ K.J.L.’, his vastly successful costume jewellery empire in 1963.
His patronage by Diana Vreeland at Vogue soon brought him to the attention of Royalty and Hollywood alike, with the Duchess of Windsor being an avid collector and friend. Babe Paley, Jacqueline Onassis and many smart Manhattan personalities sported his jewellery, all circles in which he himself enjoyed circulating! - the pieces were immediately glamorous and striking!
There is a great playfulness and diversity to his designs - his style is bright and eclectic, imitating themes as diverse, from Moghul and Art Deco styles, including many ethnic and cultural styles in between.
His most distinct pieces come from the days of the 1960's (jewels marked 'K.J.L.') until the late 1970's (jewels marked 'K.J.L.c'). He then used his full name on his signed pieces, and started a more mass appeal collection.
He continues to this day with his QVC shopping channel, still fascinated and intrigued with it all - what incredible stamina he must have!

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent. The paste is not 'brilliant' white, but a softer, antiqued colouring. The 'depth' measurement is the calculation of the distance from the inside to the outside of the necklace - it measures 2 inches at back graduating forward to 5.25 inches at front.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
  • Dimensions
    0.5 in. H x 5.25 in. D x 15.5 in. L
    1 cm H x 13 cm D x 39 cm L
  • Length
    15.5 in. (39 cm)
  • Weight
    358g
  • Seller Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Reference Number
    v30921606291714953fs
About the Seller

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Located in London, GB

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