Kenneth Jay Lane Jewelry
Not simply a fashion designer, Kenneth Jay Lane is more of an icon in the fashion industry. Known as the king of costume jewelry by elevating it to an entirely new level, he has been an innovative fashion jewelry designer for over 50 years, with clients including First Ladies, royalty and celebrities. Kenneth Jay Lane continues to lead a remarkable career and friendship with the Duchess of Windsor; First Ladies Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Barbara Bush and Nancy Reagan; film greats Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Claudette Colbert; and many other famous women who have inspired him. Moreover, his pieces are now as sought-after and collectible as precious gems, with vintage pieces selling at Christies and Sothebys.
Fast-forward to today and his name has become more internationally recognized than ever. His designs have been worn by such fashionistas as Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lady Gaga, and Cheryl Cole. However you choose to dress with them now, they will be equally wearable in seasons to come. As Lane himself says, “I like to create jewelry that can be worn any time of the year, by any woman. Glamour is all year round.”
Kenneth Jay Lane's standout costume jewelry is made in the USA using resin, glass simulated pearls, and brilliant beads designed to mimic precious gems. His pieces are often dramatic and bear his wonderfully unique styling. You can often spot Kenneth Jay Lane pieces by their wow factor.
In the Kenneth Jay Lane: Faking It book, columnist Aileen Mehle perhaps best describes Mr. Lane's works, "Kenneth Jay Lane is a gifted, imaginative craftsman who designs faux masterpieces. And sometimes, many times, his fakes are more beautiful, more opulent, more dazzling than the real thing. Even on a clear night, some people can't tell the difference. There are those who say he's a sorcerer who turns rhinestones into diamonds and the blue, green, and red crystals and German-made glass he works with into sapphires, emeralds, and rubies that look plucked from an ancient idol's eye or plundered from a pirate's chest. His corals could have been gathered from a reef. His pearls would foil the smartest oyster.
It follows that Kenneth Jay Lane's jewels are much less expensive than precious jewelry, except when his vintage creations come up at auction where they fetch very fancy prices indeed. Women who love beauty and fashion covet their Kenneth Jay Lane necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, and brooches, and through the years they have become collector's items."
Iconic, faux fabulous statement pieces are the trademarks of Kenneth Jay Lane jewelry. Designs are retired periodically, making his pieces even more collectible.