Immerse yourself in the flamboyant world of designer Kenneth Jay Lane, whose gorgeous costume jewelry has ornamented the world's most famous and powerful women for more than forty years. Over 670 sparkling color images present Lane's wide-ranging and innovative jewelry, featuring designs inspired by the fabled, exotic, and romantic cultures of the world, including Ancient Egypt, China, India, Ancient Greece and Rome, Byzantium, Arabia, Pre-Columbian and Native Southwest America, Tribal Africa, and Europe. Explore the varied motifs this master jeweler used, taken from every aspect of the natural world, and the many materials employed, including metals and plastics and dazzling costume gemstones. The accompanying text provides much useful information, including marks employed by Lane, and wonderful, whimsical quips by K. J. Lane himself. Anyone passionate for jewelry and the jeweler's art will treasure this book.
Nancy N. Schiffer is an art historian whose interest in jewelry has evolved from studies of porcelain and decorative arts. She has written other books on jewelry and various fields of popular culture. She lives in Pennsylvania.