KJL - Kenneth Jay Lane - Double Entwined Green Enamel Snakes Pin, Clear Rhinestones & Faux Pearls
From the mid 1960's when Kenneth Jay Lane ventured out on his own after working for Hattie Carnegie he designed costume jewelry depicting snakes, lizards, salamanders, alligators, caterpillars and turtles. What makes this bold pin measuring 2-7/8" across so beautiful is the translucent green enamel over 22 Kt. gold plated metal. The translucent enamel shows the body scales under the enamel clearly.
The head and neck of each snake is encrusted in clear rhinestones, the 3 dimensional coiled bodies have bezel set oval faux pearl accents with a larger oval pearl on the top of each head. Red rhinestone eyes stand out on both snakes.
There is one photo showing this enamel snake placed next to the all gold tone textured book piece version of the same double entwined snake on page 92 of the 1995 Kenneth Jay Lane & Harrice Simons Miller popular book "Kenneth Jay Lane - Faking It". The all gold tone design came in different color combinations of red, blue or green cabochons instead of the faux pearls on this green enamel snake pin.
The back has a textured gold tone finish with KJL and copyright C cartouche on the back. The swivel clasp bar pin measures 2-1/4" long. The pin is in excellent condition since I never had occasion to wear it.
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Kenneth Jay Lane - KJL - Coiled Enamel Snakes Pin - Vintage 1990
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