Vintage Signed KJL Kenneth J Lane Figural BIG Alligator Enamel Cabochon Brooch
Fabulous large enamel multi color glass cabochon figural alligator pin brooch. The entire Body is covered in a wonderful green enamel crafted to look like scales. The Cabochons are Bezel set with beautiful shades of green, blue, red and purple. White Marquise gems make up the alligator's eyes. Truly another fantastic piece of art by KJL. This Brooch is in excellent condition. Signed, KJL in an oval cartouche 4" nose to tail by 1/2 inch wide at the widest
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"Wearing costume jewelry is like wearing glass slippers. You can feel like you're going to the ball, even if you're not." (Kenneth Jane Lane's "Cinderella" philosophy, from his autobiography, Faking It.)
Known for his fabulous fakes, Kenneth Jay Lane created a costume jewelry sensation in the 1960s and 1970s. Trends in clothing fashions were an influence on jewelry designs in the 1960s and Middle Eastern clothing, associated with folk styles from India, Iran and Egypt in particular, became popular. In this decade, jeweled tunics, harem pants, embroidered caftans, jeweled sandals, silk saris and jeweled belts were the height of fashion. Gold brocade fabric was popular in addition to Persian prints. To correlate with these fashion trends, large bib necklaces, over sized earrings and pendants were made in abundance. Beads of glass or plastic, made to resemble turquoise, coral and palis, were commonly used to create that Eastern look. Numerous bangle bracelets were worn together. Kenneth Jay Lane, commonly referred to at the time as "The King of the Counterfeit Jewelers", created wonderful, gem-encrusted and enameled bangle bracelets which were copies of the fine jewelry made by David Webb and Cartier. Animal bangle bracelets were stylish as well as snake bracelets fashioned after the Egyptian asp. Fringed necklaces, pendants with tassels and Indian filigree jewelry also important to complete the Middle Eastern look.