You are looking at an opulent Kenneth J Lane faux pearl and Royal Blue carved molded glass tassel necklace. One of his early creations this necklace dates to the mid 1960s, this sumptuous necklace consists of 15 graduating size carved royal blue molded glass pastille shaped beads, interspersed with graduated faux pearl beads which are in turn capped in silver toned filigree cups top and bottom and separated from the glass by a silver hook on either side. At the middle of the necklace are two large oval shaped loops of silver toned metal with their sides encrusted with clear rhinestone crystals. A third loop of the same design hangs at the point of the necklace where the tassel is attached. Under it is a large stone molded stone and under the rhinestone crystal encrusted cap hang six lines of faux pearls ending in these magnificent blue molded glass pastilles.
The necklace is sumptuous. It hangs heavily and sits beautifully. It is such a statement piece that it cannot fail to be noticed and yet it remains elegant and wearable. It just oozes class.
The necklace is closed with a screw together fastener with a tag signed Kenneth J Lane hanging off it.
The necklace (without the tassel) measure 24 inches
The tassel has a length of 4 inches
Sold in immaculate condition with no chips or marks to the pearls, the glass beads and no darkened or missing rhinestones.
Kenneth Jay Lane is a relative newcomer to the world of costume jewelry, launching his first line of earrings, bracelets, and necklaces in 1963. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Lane got his start with Hattie Carnegie before designing shoes for Christian Dior. He made his mark immediately on the fashion world when he covered inexpensive plastic bangles with rhinestones, added findings, and turned them into excessively large earrings. Before long, Bonwit Teller, Henri Bendel, and Saks Fifth Avenue were selling his pieces to such clients as Jackie Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, and Audrey Hepburn.
In the 1960s, K.J.L. (as the company was known until the mid-1970s, when the periods were dropped) produced brooches and other pieces that reflected Asian influences, incorporating everything from Buddhas to dragons to Indian goddesses in his work. Lane was also known for costume jewelry animals, including pins in the shapes of faux-emerald eyed lions, bangles ending in pairs of rams heads, and rhinestone-studded Scottie dog brooches. Lane’s “big cat” pieces were inspired by the Cartier fine jewelry created in the 1940s and ’50s for the Duchess of Windsor. And while other costume-jewelry designers strove to create an aura of cachet and exclusivity around their products, Lane did a KJL for Avon line in the 1980s, hawked his gaudiest pieces in the late 1990s on QVC, and marketed Christmas pieces via The Franklin Mint.
Kenneth J lane Vintage Faux Pearl and Blue Molded Glass Tassel Necklace