Size: .75” square
Label: K.J.L. (with periods); Kenneth Jay Lane, circa 1960s
Stamped K.J.L. on their clip backs, these 1960s Kenneth Jay Lane earrings feature giant, square-cut topaz rhinestones surrounded by tiny clear stones, set in textured, bright gold metal. Famous for his bold, “faque” jewelry designs, Lane “…came to be regarded as the first American jewelry designer to make it not only acceptable but also chic to wear fake jewelry” (from KJL obit in New York Times 7/20/2017). These high-quality (and quite heavy!) clip-on earrings are an excellent example of his costume jewelry, designed to mimic the fabulous, real jewels of his jet-setting friends in the 1960s--including real jewels originating from India and other parts of Asia. These authentic 1960s KJL earrings are in very good to excellent condition, with the slightest amount of tarnish to the earring backs, from normal wear.