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Oct 08

Kenneth Jay Lane And His Life Of Jewellery Design

The American costume jewellery Kenneth Jay Lane was born in 1930. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. During the early stages of Kenneth Jay Lanes career he designed shoes for the stores Delman and Christian Dior. He later started creating a new range of designer costume jewellery selling under his own name. As the costume jewellery designers career in creating fabulous pieces of costume jewellery heightened, he became the favourite designer of many of the American social elite during the 1960s including celebrities such as, Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Vreeland, and Audrey Hepburn.
Kenneth Jay Lanes replica of Audrey Hepburn five strand pearl necklace is perhaps one of his most famous and extravagant pieces. This gorgeous statement necklace was designed in her memory; it features five rows of large knotted glass faux-pearls and is fastened by an outstanding crystal floral decoration. This replica created by Kenneth Jay Lane was featured and worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys; this necklace is favoured by many brides to be to wear at their weddings, and is a great bridal piece. Another lady that admired Kenneth Jay Lanes collection was the Barbara Bush (the wife of the 41st President of the United States George H. W. Bush) as demonstrated when she wore the Kenneth Jay Lane three-strand faux pearl necklace to her husband’s inaugural ball. The Triple strand pearl necklace is graduated in length to sit on the collar and the clasp is studded with sparkling Swarovski crystal gems. This pearl necklace was a vital piece for the Barbara Bushs signature style.
His gorgeous statement pieces of jewellery are still favoured by current celebrities. His jewellery has been pictured on many of the rich and glamorous socialites, actresses, and musicians in America. Sarah Jessica Parker has been pictured wearing his fabulous creations including the giant oversized gold butterfly necklace when she starred in the TV series; Sex and the City as Carrie Bradshaw. Mischa Barton has set new trends in beachwear by wearing the Kenneth Jay Lane classic red strawberry gold studded necklace in a bikini on the beach, and his fabulous disco ball rings and animal head bracelets have been pictured on celebrities such as Hillary Duff, Britney Spears, and Jessica Simpson. Other celebrity fans of Kenneth Jay Lane include Paris and Nicky Hilton, Nicole Kidman, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and Madonna
KJL have two lines, one being the couture collection, available for sale in Saks 5th Avenue in New York, America, and other major department stores and online boutiques. The second line is the diffusion range which can be his pieces can also be found on QVC, and AVON. Kenneth Jay Lane also sells a range of handbags, homeware, giftware, sunglasses and watches.

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