Cartier-inspired bangle with faux coral dragon heads, gold-tone setting, imitation flawed emerald cabochons and spring clasp are featured in this fabulous bracelet from Kenneth Jay Lane. The bracelet is a copy of a bangle owned by the Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson, originally designed and made by Cartier. This piece by Mr. Lane was a limited edition bracelet with just 3500 pieces made; this one is number 240 according to the enclosed paperwork. When the edition was completed, the master models are destroyed and the bracelet is no longer made. This comes in its original box. Mr. Lane's bracelet can be seen on page 142 of "Classic American Costume Jewelry, Vol. 2) by Jacqueline Rehmann (my second book on vintage costume jewelry).
You can see from the photos of the original bracelet (as seen in the auction catalog), that Mr. Lane faithfully reproduced the exquisite original. Many pieces of the Duchess' fabulous collection of jewelry were sold at auction in Geneva, April 1987. Following the auction, a number of fashion and costume jewelry houses reproduced pieces from her collection, including Carolee, Kenneth Lane, and the Franklin Mint.