Thursday, March 17, 2011

Costume Jewelry Designer Kenneth Jay Lane

Octogenarian costume-jewelry designer Kenneth Jay Lane has long held court with all kinds of ladies … including those who lunch. Mae West inspired him. He danced among society “swans” at Truman Capote's Black and White Ball in 1966 (wearing a mask of black feathers, natch). Fans included everyone from Diana Vreeland to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (whose iconic 3-strand pearl necklace he made). And he continues to make “faux bijoux” look like the real thing in a whimsical way, as with these spring looks. 
With this "Light Pink Cocktail Ring," a cluster of nude resin oval stones embraces a square pink crystal on an 18 karat gold plated base. At
This ring’s gold plated base is decorated with a gold scarab, which is adorned with small Swarovski crystals and a big turquoise stone. At
This stunner is a 22-karat gold-plated bib necklace with faceted blush resin embellishment. At

This coral-topped coral top ring has a base of gunmetal encrusted with black and clear crystals. At
Made with 18K electroplated gold, this cocktail ring is decorated with coral stones and small crystals. In the center sits a cabochon turquoise. At


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