1970s Kenneth Jay Lane Snail Brooch with Real Seashell
1970s Kenneth Jay Lane snail brooch made from a real shell mounted onto a gold-tone metal body. This is a hard to find brooch as each piece in this series used a unique natural shell. Lane says that at the time his designs were influenced by the fine jewelry made by Verdura. In Lane's book, "Faking It", he talks about making shell jewelry pieces in the late 1960s and early 1970s and how he would go to a nearby shell shop to hand-select individual shells for his pieces and then hand-set them. He said that this became too labor intensive so he began to cast shells in metal. This brooch measures 3" x 2" and is signed on the back with "KJL" with a copyright symbol. It is in very good to excellent condition with no flaws to note.