Kenneth Jay Lane is a relative newcomer to the world of costume jewelry, launching his first line of earrings, bracelets, and necklaces in 1963. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Lane got his start with Hattie Carnegie before designing shoes for Christian Dior. He made his mark immediately on the fashion world when he covered inexpensive plastic bangles with rhinestones, added findings, and turned them into excessively large earrings. Before long, Bonwit Teller, Henri Bendel, and Saks Fifth Avenue were selling his pieces to such clients as Jackie Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, and Audrey Hepburn.

In the 1960s, K.J.L. (as the company was known until the mid-1970s, when the periods were dropped) produced brooches and other pieces that reflected Asian influences, incorporating everything from Buddhas to dragons to Indian goddesses in his work. Lane was also known for costume jewelry animals, including pins in the shapes of faux-emerald eyed lions, bangles ending in pairs of rams heads, and rhinestone-studded Scottie dog brooches. Lane’s “big cat” pieces were inspired by the Cartier fine jewelry created in the 1940s and ’50s for the Duchess of Windsor. And while other costume-jewelry designers strove to create an aura of cachet and exclusivity around their products, Lane did a KJL for Avon line in the 1980s, hawked his gaudiest pieces in the late 1990s on QVC, and marketed Christmas pieces via The Franklin Mint.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Researching Costume Jewelry

Researching Costume Jewelry

Jewelry lovers, venture through this amazing database of vintage jewelry articles, catalogs, and brochures, as well… [read review or visit site]

Emerald City Vintage Costume Jewelry

Emerald City Vintage Costume Jewelry

It looks like we're not in Kansas anymore with Elizabeth Rowlands' site on vintage costume jewelry from the 1940s a… [read review or visit site]

Morning Glory Antiques and Jewelry

Morning Glory Antiques and Jewelry

Jewelry collectors, feast your eyes on this internet gem! It's a goldmine of jewelry information featuring all styl… [read review or visit site]

All About Jewels Dictionary

All About Jewels Dictionary

This incredible reference dictionary on jewelry, from Enchantedlearning.com, is both beautiful and comprehensive. S… [read review or visit site]

Cathy Gordon's Jewelry Gallery

Cathy Gordon's Jewelry Gallery

With its vast galleries featuring clear images of jewelry and style, this site really covers it all! Divided up by … [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Most watched eBay auctions    

Vintage Kjl Kenneth J Lane Plique A Jour Style Rhinestone Seahorse Pin BroochKenneth Jay Lane Gold Metal Crystal Enamel Beaded Maltese Cross Pendant New $140Kenneth Jay Lane Gold Tone Mesh Chain Faux Pearl Beaded Bib Necklace New $120Decadent Vtg Kenneth Lane Kjl Couture Gilded Serpent Snake True Choker NecklaceVtg Signed Kenneth Lane 5 Strand Lustrous Faux Pearl 16" Long Necklace Strand NrVintage Kenneth Jay Lane Kjl Gold Swarovski Crystal Enamel Red Lipstick Brooch*rare* Stunning Vintage Estate High End Signed Kjl Starfish Brooch Minty!!! G82Kjl Rhinestone Christmas Tree Pin Brooch Marked Excellent Look Condition VintageKjl Kenneth Jay Lane Stunning Pierced Star Fish Earrings*enameled & Many Stones!Kenneth Jay Lane Gold Metal Blue Lapis Stone Chain Collar Necklace New $385Signed Kjl Kennth J Lane Starburst Baguette Glass Brooch Sarah Cov Earrings Lot!Cz By Kenneth Jay Lane 5698 Womens Radiant Rounds Tennis Bracelet 15 Cttw 4mmKjl Brooch/ Pin Dangles Multi Color BeautifulKenneth Jay Lane Turquoise Cabochon Hinged Bangle With Pave' StarfishDesigner Kenneth Jay Lane Kjl Gold Rhinestone Enamel Magic Rabbit Hat BroochKjl Kenneth Jay Lane Powder Blue 2 Strand Glass Lucite Cabochon Choker NecklaceVintage Chunky Rope Kjl Kenneth Jay Lane Bangle Bracelet Rhinestones Kenneth Jay Lane "treasures Of The Duchess" Flamingo Pin With BoxQuality Vintage Kenneth Lane Flawed Ruby Crystal Gold Plated Clip Earrings #813aKenneth Jay Lane Strawberry Pin With Red CrystalsVintage Statement Kenneth Jay Lane - Kjl Panther Bracelet Enamel Rhinestones1988 Kenneth Jay Lane Dutchess Necklace + Matching Clip Earrings & Bracelet NiceVintage Signed Kenneth Jay Lane Kjl Enamel Tiger Head Hinged Bangle Bracelet NrVintage Lot 7 Pins Brooches ,trifari,polcini,oscar Dela Renta,sara Cov,kjlFashion Jewelry Necklace Lot Coldwater Creek, Kenneth Cole, Lia Sophia, NapierVintage Kjl Kenneth Jay Lane Panther Link "cafe Society" Crystal Bracelet NewKjl Kenneth Lane Unsigned Lion Jeweled Coral Cabochon Rhinestone BroochKenneth Jay Lane 16" 18-strand Red/black Beaded Necklace (157g)Fashion Jewelry Necklace Lot Kenneth Cole, Lia Sophia, Napier, Premier Designs*rare* Vintage Estate Signed Kjl Opening Rhinestone Ladybug Beetle Brooch!!! G31Look Vintage Estate Jewelry Stunning Kjl For Avon Neck @ Ear Set Holiday Wear !Kenneth Jay Lane Kjl Scarab Bracelet WatchKjl Kenneth Jay Lane Two Dolphin Rhinestone Black Enamel Stick Pin & BroochKenneth Jay Lane Silver Pave Crystal Faux Pearl Spike Collar Necklace New $255Polished Rose - Rhinestone, Pink Lucite & Black Enamel Rose Pin/ Brooch - Kjl Kenneth Jay Lane Kjl Crystal Faux Pearl Black Enamel Flower Earrings Kenneth Jay Lane 15" 3-strand Faux Champagne Pearl Necklace (78g)Kenneth Cole Silver Tone Cuff Bracelet Kenneth Cole Gold Tone Necklace $58 Read Ad!Kenneth J Lane Vintage Rhinestone Bows Brooch & Earring Set Holiday Shimmer Kenneth Jay Lane Beautiful Bonsai Pin Brand New**free Shipping**Kjl Kenneth Jay Lane Spike Frosted Gold Hinge Bracelet Rare SignedMostly Vintage Lot Of 17 Bracelets,2 W Lind,napier,kenneth Cole ReactionKenneth Jay Lane Gold Chain Link Multi Gemstone Cord Bib Necklace New $150 Kenneth J Lane Kjl Turquoise Enamel Gold Tone Jeweled Elephant Bangle BraceletKenneth Cole Silver Tone & Bead Post Earrings $24Nwot Kenneth Jay Lane Kjl Brooch Asian Bonsai Tree Crystals Faux Jade Red EnaKjl By Kenneth Jay Lane Elephant Loupe/magnifyer Necklace,black Enamel,mint /boxSilver Tone Costume Jewelry Lot Kenneth Cole Earrings Bracelets Necklace As IsStunning Kenneth Jay Lane Signed Clip Earring Goldtone Estate Collector Kenneth Cole Earrings - Free ShippingKenneth J. Lane Vintage Kjl Lucite Pansy Collection Crystal Flower Clip EarringsVtg Kjl Kenneth Jay Lane Gold Plat Emerald Glass Long Maharani EarringsKenneth J Lane Enameled Raj Elephant Head Bracelet No ReserveKenneth Jay Lane Gold Tone Metal Leaf Detail Wide Hinge Cuff Bracelet New $150Kenneth Cole Silver Tone & Iridescent Glass Pendant Necklace & Earring Set Vintage Signed Kjl Kenneth Jay Lane Gold-tone Metal Ribbon Bow Clip EarringsKenneth Cole Gold Tone Hammered Leverback Earrings $38 Read Ad!Kenneth Lane Elegant Faux Pearl MalteseKenneth J. Lane Rhinestone Starburst Brooch-christmas Red, Clear Stones-signed