Signed with Lane's early K.J.L. mark on an oval plaque, the ever popular serpent makes an appearance in richly scaled goldtone with tail tip in silvertone and head in dual tone metals. Clear chaton rhinestones embellish both ends. Head top is set with a high domed green glass cabochon and eyes with red cabs. He's coiled, and ready to "strike" up attention wherever he's worn. One of Lane's earlier pieces, circa 1960s-1970s, our snake is not to be confused with the newer pieces that have flooded the market on shopping channels.
The brooch measures a very generous approximate 3 1/2 inches x 2 inches at his widest point. Maximum profile is about 1/2 inch. Weight is approximately 30 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components intact. Rhinestones remain brilliant with no dark or dead stones. Cabochons retain color and gem like luster. All goldtone and silvertone finishes intact. Reverse retains goldtone finish, as well. Pin back straight, strong and secure. No damage / no repairs. Details, dimension, colors, and sparkle will be fully appreciated in person.
Reverse of the brooch is signed within an oval plaque "K.J.L." with the registration symbol beneath. The brooch dates circa 1960s-1970s.
The serpent has symbolized fertility, eternity, and healing powers in certain cultures at various times. It has been designed into jewelry for centuries -- popular in antique and vintage, as well as contemporary pieces. Kenneth Lane took figural jewelry to new heights, casting big, bold animals, insects and serpents set with sparkling rhinestones and colorful cabochons. Let us tempt you with his vintage snake brooch.
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Early K.J.L. Kenneth Jay Lane Rhinestone Snake Serpent Brooch Pin