This Maltese cross pin and pendant is signed K.J.L. for Kenneth Jay Lane and is one of his earlier marks and pieces. Brushed silver arms with a large faux gray cabochon pearl in the center, each end has a gold rope design. I appreciate jewelry that uses both silver and gold tones so that it is easy to wear with any other jewelry. This one has a brooch pin and a hook to wear as a pendant. What is a Maltese Cross? It s has arms of equal length that broaden from the center and have their ends indented in a shallow V-shape. Classic jewelry from KJL.
Size: 3 inches; Condition is good with slight wear to ends under magnification; Circa: 1960s
Heavily influenced by Asia, India and the crown jewels, Kenneth Jay Lane is known for adorning Hollywood's elite and even the First Lady's of the United States. Originally marking his jewelry "K.J.L."at his start in 1963, he later created pieces with a "©KJL" and also a mark including his full name around the copyright symbol. An expert at selling his designs in mass markets, KJL pieces were sold on QVC and for Avon. Whether it's opulent pearls for First Lady Barbara Bush or a leading actress, KJL is the epitome of modern elegance.
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