Remembering Kenneth Jay Lane: Jewelry Designer to the Stars

Kenneth Jay Lane
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Julian Mackler/BFA/REX/Shutterstock (5719131ad) Kenneth Jay Lane, Diane Von Furstenburg Diane Von Furstenberg - S/S 2012 Fashion Show, New York, USA - 11 Sep 2011
Photo by Julian Mackler/BFA/REX/Shutterstock

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* Glamorous costume jewelry can be as beautiful as the real thing
* Pieces can be worn day or night for most occasions
* Read below for our five picks

Kenneth Jay Lane was a designer who built a global business creating beautiful costume jewelry. He came to be regarded as the first American jewelry designer to make it not only acceptable, but chic, to wear fake jewelry as party of a jet-setting lifestyle that was anything but cheap.

Mr. Lane’s customers and friends throughout the years included some of the world’s richest, most publicized and most fashionable women: Jackie O, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Greta Garbo, Nancy Regan, Sarah Jessica Parker and Nicole Kidman.

What started out as a spare time gig in 1962 turned into a global phenomenon. His jewelry is glamours, and each piece proves that costume jewelry can be as beautiful as the real thing.

1. Coin Pendant Necklace

Our first pick is this Gold Coin Pendant Necklace. An etched gold coin adds a rustic look to this gold-plated necklace. An easy hook-and-eye closure completes the look. Pair it with a shorter gold choker or two (see #4) for a layered look.

Kenneth Jay Lane Coin Chain Lariat Necklace Image courtesy Shopbop


2. Triple Tear Drop Earrings

The Triple Tier Drop earrings are the ideal for the spring and summer. Thread-wrapped spheres with bright, rainbow colors compose these striking earrings and add great color accent to your wardrobe.

Kenneth Jay Lane Triple Tier Drop Earrings Image courtesy Shopbop


3. Polished Gold 8 Stack Bracelet

The Polished Gold 8 Stack Bracelet contains flexible bangle bands in a unique squared shape. It’s understated appeal makes it something you can wear for nearly any occasion.

Kenneth Jay Lane Polished Gold 8 Stack Bracelet Image courtesy Shopbop


4. Collar Necklace

The elegant collar necklace in 18k gold plate is made from rows of cubic zirconias. With an adjustable length and lobster claw clasp, this necklace can easily be fitted for a collar look or left long as a strand necklace. Pair it with longer necklaces to complete the look.

Kenneth Jay Lane Collar Necklace Image courtesy Shopbop


5. Marquis Wing Ear Crawlers

These Winged Ear Crawlers are the ultimate earring statement. Made from luxe cubic zirconias, they have a comfortable post closure and cuff attachment to keep them secure to your ears. Perfect dressed up for a night out or to zhoosh up a pair of jeans and a t-shirt.

Kenneth Jay Lane Marquis Winged CZ Ear Crawlers Image courtesy Shopbop

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