Vintage NOS Large Black Hoop Earrings
Looking for earrings that go with everything? We have you covered with these black dangling clip on hoop earrings. They measure 2 1/4 inches long. They are in excellent condition on the original card by Kenneth Jay Lane with Certificate of Authenticity for these "Take Me Back Earrings". Kenneth Jay Lane designed for Wallis, the Duchess of Windsor, who bought several pieces and recommended him to her friends. As both costume jewelry and society reporting were popular at the time, press reports of this incident launched Lane's business. His talent at copying high end jewelry from a quick glimpse proved popular, his clients proudly wearing the faux pieces. Jacqueline Kennedy was among those who commissioned fake jewels from Lane in order to enable her to wear them more freely while keeping the valuable originals in a safe. Writing for The New York Times at the time of Truman Capote's Black and White Ball in 1966, Marilyn Bender reported that the "most important men in a fashionable woman's life were her hairdresser, her make-up artist and Kenneth Jay Lane." Lane's designs were hugely popular with a fashionable clientele. In 1966, he was awarded a special Coty Award for his jewelry design. He won the Neiman Marcus Fashion Award in 1968. Other awards received in the 1960s include the Tobé Coburn award (1966), the Harper's Bazaar International award (1967), the Maremodo di Capri-Tiberio d'Oro award (1967), and the Swarovski award (1969). In 1990 he won the Brides award. Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Vreeland, and Audrey Hepburn are among his famous clients. He established a presence as a vendor of jewelry on the cable television home-shopping network QVC, his twice-a-month four-hour appearances in 1997 and in 1998 the FIT Museum held a retrospective exhibition of Lane's jewelry from the 1960s to the late 1990s. These earrings are from his QVC stint. This is an authentic vintage set in wearable condition, that has been cleaned and repaired (if necessary). Flaws will be noted, but please ask any questions you may have as this is a FINAL SALE item and cannot be returned.
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