An enigma unfolds in this wonderful double signed large 1960s-1970s vintage necklace. Was this a limited edition collaboration between Alice Caviness and Kenneth Lane? Since they were both in business during this time it would have been possible. This is not a "pieced together" necklace. All components are in harmony and complement each other. Workmanship and materials are consistent throughout. So the mystery continues...
The pendant necklace presented, circa 1960s-early 1970s is a fascinating design. Let's start from the top with the multi linked chain with spring ring c clasp. Following our way dow we see a beautifully stamped goldtone half moon or crescent with floral and curlicue embellishments. At center is a horizontal set oval blue tile mosaic cabochon with bronze, brick, olive and white colored highlights. Five chain link fringes are suspended, culminating with filigree capped faceted blue glass beads. A long wide metal mesh strap connects a larger goldtone crescent, stamped again with detailed flower blossom and curlicue decorations. At top is a huge horizontal set oval mosaic glass cabochon with complementing color enhancements in bronze, brick, olive, and white. An additional mosaic tile is vertically set below, again in complementing colors. Finishing the piece are seven filigree capped faceted blue glass beads, matching the ones at top fringe.
This is the definition of a pendant necklace. Truly an unusual creation, signed both K.J.L. and Alive Caviness.
Dimensions: The chain is about 26 wearable inches long with spring ring c clasp. The total pendant length is approximately 8 inches bringing the total length to 34 inches. Bottom pendant portion with cabs is about 2 1/2 inches x 2 1/4 inches. The top pendant portion with the single cab is approximately 1 1/2 inches x 3 3/4 inches (including fringe). The large cab is a whopping approximate 40 millimeters x 30 millimeters. Smaller cabs are about 25 millimeters x 18 millimeters. Weight is about 118 grams.
Condition is very good to excellent vintage. All components appear original and intact. I believe all chain and metal portions were a goldtone at creation. The top wearable chain has become more silvertone from wear over the years. Other portions of the necklace retain goldtone finishes. Cabochon in top pendant has some paint loss, primarily bronze color loss. Bottom two cabs retain colored highlights. Large cabochon has two small paint flakes in bottom white slice. Reverse has some blue finish crazing but cab remains in one solid piece. All glass beads intact with no damage. Cabs free from chips, nicks, cracks, or breaks. Mesh band free from snags or kinks. Overall excellent for it's vintage. Some minor wear issues that I believe are minimized by the necklace's provenance and rarity.
The necklace is signed on reverse of it's top pendant cabochon within an oval cartouche "ALICE CAVINESS". Bottom crescent reverse is signed on each side with Kenneth Jay Lane's early mark "K.J.L." (block cap initials with periods) within a rectangular cartouche.
If you're a Caviness or Lane fan you just discovered the best of both worlds in this phenomenal pendant necklace. A unique addition to any collection.
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