About the Artist:
“Women of all ages love costume jewelry because it's fun, it's fashionable, and it makes a woman feel younger,” claims Kenneth Jay Lane, who is celebrating 50 years as one of the world's most innovative fashion jewelry designers. Kenneth's client list reads like a Who's Who in Hollywood, glittering with First Ladies, royalty and celebrities; and his chic designs are always "just right" for any occasion.
Kenneth J. Lane was first a shoe designer for Delman and Christian Dior, and he used his free time to create fun and flashy baubles. They were such an instant success that Saks Fifth Avenue sold its entire initial inventory in one day.
He has created unique designs for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Vreeland and Audrey Hepburn. He is probably most well-known for his three-strand faux pearl necklace worn by Jacqueline Kennedy during her husband's presidency, a version of which was worn by Barbara Bush to her husband's inaugural ball. Some say that the Duchess of Windsor is buried in the jeweled belt that Lane created for her.
His continued philosophy is that “elegance, good taste and luxury never go out of style.” Current stars wearing his jewelry include the Olsen twins, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mischa Barton, Jessica Simpson, Paris Hilton, and Britney Spears.
Here’s another stunning example of the exquisite craftsmanship of master designer Kenneth J. Lane — an absolutely delightful rhinestone crab brooch that doubles as a lady’s wrist watch. The top of the crab features a faux lapis lazuli oval cabochon surrounded with very sparkly crystal rhinestones. Tiny ruby rhinestones are used for the eyes, and the legs are shiny gold-tone metal into which crystal rhinestone have been set. And, that’s just the brooch part.
Lift the top of the crab where the eyes are located, and inside you’ll find a quartz watch. On the face of the watch is the designer’s name and the word “Quartz.” A battery to operate the watch is not included.
This elaborate jewelry is in excellent vintage condition. There are no missing rhinestones or wear to the gold-tone metal.
This divine crab would please any woman born under the Zodiac sign of Cancer. It would also make for a delightful gift for a special occasion such as birthday or anniversary for any woman. Or, if you’re shopping for yourself, this Kenneth J. Lane crab brooch and watch would be a treasured addition to your costume jewelry collection.