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Kenneth J. Lane Vintage Jewelry


Kenneth J. Lane began his illustrious career in the Art Department of New York Vogue in 1954. It wasn't until 1963 that he headed out on his own after designing for Hattie Carnegie, the shoe designer Roger Vivier and rhinestone accented shoes for Dior. His jewelry is big, bold, dramatic and of superior workmanship and the use of fine stones that he personally developed with his supplier in Germany. His jewelry was signed with the K.J.L. logo for the first 10 years of production.

Kenneth Lane's earliest pieces were unsigned during his "handmade" phase which didn't last very long. Then came K.J.L. (1962 until even now). He started using Kenneth Lane in the late 1960's. Since then he's gone back and forth - with periods, without, with a copyright , with a registration mark. The best way to tell if a piece is old is to actually see it. Many of the 1960's pieces had an antiqued finish and had certain kinds and colors of plastic cabochons he doesn't use anymore. Kenneth Lane is one of those designers who almost never retires a piece permanently.

    Signatures:
  • K.J.L. - 1962 to 1970's, first mark used (no copyright symbol), mark used in other stores in cities that also had a Saks
  • KENNETH LANE - 1960's to 1970's, earliest mark for pieces sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue
  • KENNETH LANE - another early mark for pieces sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue. The symbol was dead center in the logo
  • KENNETH LANE - another early mark with the symbol moved to the bottom preceding LANE on the logo
  • K.J.L. for AVON or KENNETH LANE for AVON - 1980's to 2004. The jewelry from the 1980's and 1990's are all signed K.J.L. for Avon. Some of the most recent K.J.L. for Avon is not signed K.J.L. for Avon, but simply KJL. Only the box that the jewelry came in has the Avon name and address on it. It would be wise to keep the boxes for authenticity.
  • KENNETH JAY LANE or KENNETH LANE - 1980's to 1990's, used in his own franchise stores
  • K.J.L. - 1980's to 1990's
  • KJL - mark used for QVC, no periods with the copyright mark preceding the "K"

The latest book on Kenneth Lane's jewelry is by Nancy Schiffer. You can purchase the book through amazon.com by clicking on either the book photo or title.

Kenneth Jay Lane Fabulous Jewelry & AccessoriesKenneth Jay Lane Fabulous Jewelry & Accessories, Nancy N. Schiffer, ISBN 0-76432-736-4, Published September 15, 2007,  Schiffer Publishing

[Click on the jacket cover or title to buy this book now from amazon.com]

Examples of Kenneth Lane's exquisite jewelry and the different signatures used on his pieces are below.

[Click on the thumbnails for larger, more detailed images.]

Mid-1960's Kenneth J. Lane Necklace. Wonderful bib necklace with clear round rhinestones, clear faceted glass balls, simulated pearl dangles all set on a gold-tone semi-rigid openwork frame with curliques. Signed K.J.L. on applied oval plaque.

Kenneth Lane Inca warrior pin

1960's Kenneth Jay Lane Necklace and Earrings Set. Spectacular 1960's bib necklace with linked together motifs of graduated pear-shaped faceted clear rhinestones surrounded by clear round rhinestones and simulated pearl dangles in an antiqued silver-plated setting. Matching clipback pendant earrings. All pieces signed K.J.L. for Kenneth J. Lane. bib: length: 15-3/4", width" 2-5/8"; earrings: length: 2-5/8", width: 2". book piece[See "The Confident Collector", 2nd Edition by Harrice Simons Miller, page 246.]

Kenneth Lane Bib Necklace and Earrings

Late 1960's to Early 1970's Kenneth Lane Faux Jade Pin. Cool late 1960's to early 1970's Kenneth Lane faux jade pin of Inca tribesman with faux pearl earrings, red cabochon pupils set in pave clear whites rimmed in goldtone. Signed KENNETH LANE on applied oval plaque. width: 2", height: 2"

Kenneth Lane Inca warrior pin

KJL Balinese Dancers Pin/Pendant Necklace. The gold-plated pendant on this late 1980's Kenneth Lane necklace can be detached and worn as a brooch. It features a male and female Balinese dancer hanging from a ridged three-tiered temple. Both figures have a machine-stamped body and clear pear-shaped rhinestone faces. The male's costume is accented with an oval green rhinestone at his chest and a round sapphire rhinestone on the waist. The female's costume is enhanced with alternating ruby and sapphire rhinestones down the front of her dress. A unique and interesting piece. Chain has attached metal tag marked KJL; reverse of temple marked KJL, the signature Kenneth Lane used for QVC jewelry. The female hangs 5-1/4" from bottom of pagoda; the male hangs 3-1/2" from it. chain length: 26"; pendant: length: 6-1/2", width: 1-5/8"

KJL Balinese Dancers Pin/Pendant Necklace

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