Kenneth Jay Lane Treasures of the Duchess
Pearl Necklace with Pearl Pendant (KJL line)
Fashion designer Calvin Klein purchased the original necklace, pendant, and ear clips (Lot # 190, 191, 192) for his then-wife, Kelly, at the landmark Duchess of Windsor's Sotheby's jewelry sale in 1987 for $1 million (excludes the earclips). Ms. Klein just sold the set (see the necklace below) in another Sotheby's auction in late 2007 for $4.1 million (excludes the earclips).
The 1987 sale raise over $50 million dollars which went to the Pasteur Institute, the beneficiary of the Duchess' estate.
This elegant facsimile of the original, using simulated pearls, includes the WE clasp that are a feature of many of the KJL Treasures of the Duchess product line. The attention to detail is simply wonderful, particularly on the pearl and faux diamond pendant (photo #2).
17" long of rope pearls. Simulated pearl and faux diamond pendant is approximately 2" and can be removed.
Includes the Warranty and provenance sheets and comes in the red Treasures of the Duchess brand box.
Kenneth Jay Lane was a friend of the Duchess and designed a number of faux jewelry sets specifically for her during her lifetim. The Windsors set standards for excellence in jewelry design, fashion, and interior design. Bring a bit of their elegance into your own life with this exquisite necklace.