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Kenneth Jay Lane

Kenneth Jay Lane (Born April 22 1930)is an American costume jewellery designer. He was born in Detroit, Michigan.

Kenneth was first a shoe designer for Delman and Dior and used his free time to create flashy baubles. They were such a success that Saks Fifth Avenue sold its entire initial inventory in one day.

Kenneth Jay Lane has created designs for Jackie Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Vreeland, and Audrey Hepburn. He is most well known for his three strand faux pearl necklace worn by Barbara Bush to her husband’s inaugural ball. Some say that Duchess of Windsor is buried in the jewelled belt that he created for her.

Many of his jewellery designs are to be found in the museums of America- Dallas Museum of Art, The Smithsonian, The Museum of Natural History, and the Bush Presidential Library.

His pieces are now considered by many as collectable as precious gems, with vintage pieces selling at Christies and Sotheby’s and Doyle of New York.