KENNETH JAY LANE
Although designed with the everyday woman in mind, Michigan-born Kenneth Jay Lane’s jewellery has always caught the eye of the world’s most glamorous women: Jackie O, Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Vreeland and Audrey Hepburn have all worn his creations.
Today, his vintage jewellery sells like hot cakes at auction houses such as Christie’s and Sotheby’s. Treat yourself to a piece of retro glamour. With over five decades of work, it is hard to single out particular pieces.
One of the most iconic photographs of Audrey Hepburn shows her with a gold cigarette holder, wearing a little black dress and long black gloves. Her hair is piled up and held in place with a glittering Kenneth Jay Lane brooch, and round her neck is a matching necklace, with five-strand pearls and a glittering centre-piece. Lane’s jewellery has been chosen by several American First Ladies; Jacqueline Kennedy wore his three-strand imitation pearl necklace on many occasions, and Barbara Bush wore the same design to her husband’s Inaugural Ball.