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A dynamic topaz cabochon and paste collar, KJL (Kenneth Jay Lane), 1960s

$2,248.60

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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

  • Creator
  • Metal
  • Weight
    358 g
  • Dimensions
    Height: .5 in. (12.7 mm)Depth: 5.25 in. (133.35 mm)Length: 15.5 in. (393.7 mm)
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    late1960s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. 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.
  • Seller Location
    Greyabbey, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: FB01241stDibs: v30921606291714953fs

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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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