1960s Kenneth Jay Lane Standing Lion Brooch
1960s Kenneth Jay Lane standing lion brooch made of gold-tone metal set with clear rhinestones and a red glass eye. The brooch measures 2" high x 1 1/2" wide. It is marked 'K.J.L.' in a plaque located on the back - the signature Lane used in the 1960s. It is in good condition with the exception of one small missing rhinestone located on the underside of the lion's arm (see photo #6) which is not noticeable when the brooch is being worn.
Kenneth Jay Lane was born in 1930 in Detroit, MI. He founded his costume jewelry firm in 1963. His designs were so popular that his initial collection at Saks Fifth Avenue sold out in one day. Lane’s jewelry has been worn by Diana Vreeland, Jacqueline Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Diana the Princess of Wales. One of Lane’s best known pieces is the three-strand imitation pearl necklace that was worn by Jacqueline Kennedy. Lane has appeared in Andy Warhol films, was mentioned in a song by by Lou Reed and appeared on numerous Best Dressed Lists.