Very long clear and citrine paste drop earrings, Kenneth Jay Lane 1960s For Sale
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Very long clear and citrine paste drop earrings, Kenneth Jay Lane 1960s

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These truly stunning earrings from the early creations of Kenneth Jay Lane in the 1960s, detail an unusual and sophisticated colour combination of clear and pale citrine pastes of varying cuts and sizes, set in an antiqued silvered metal. Wonderfully glamorous and eye catching, they contain several round faceted pastes that give a depth and shine, reminiscent of Georgian jewellery, and embody the glamour of Jacqueline Onassis (a true KJL fan) and other New York style icons of that period. 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, often accompanying these celebrities to numerous engagements! –these 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 as 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.'). He then used his full name on his signed pieces, and started a more mass appeal collection. Latterly he enjoyed huge success on the QVC channel. Kenneth Jay Lane sadly passed away in 2018.

Details

  • Metal
    Base Metal
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    W 1.5 in. x D .4 in.W 38.1 mm x D 10.16 mm
  • Length
    4.2 in. (106.68 mm)
  • Weight
    54 g
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Seller Reference Number
    FB0641
  • Reference Number
    LU30926755871
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