Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Neil Lane once said, and I'm paraphrasing, that a beautiful gown makes a woman feel happy, but diamonds will illuminate her. That is a great statement.

Lane is one of the most sought after jewelry designers in Hollywood and among his stunning high-end designer jewelry collections are beautiful vintage and bridal jewelry.

He is also renowned for his stunning yet classic engagement rings many of which he has designed for such celebrities as Reese Witherspoon, Sandra Bullock, and Brooke Shields.

Lane recently designed a handcrafted, marquise-cut diamond and platinum engagement ring for Jason Mesnick to propose with on The Bachelor.

Lane was also the go-to-guy at the time of this year's Oscars™ wherein he, at the request of his famous patrons, adorned nominees and presenters with radiant, classic designs.

Lane's origin in jewelry design began in the 1970s with a two-year stint attending Paris’ L' Ecole des Beaux Arts and his studies heavily influenced his elegant designs.

During days off from classes, he collected vintage jewelry from Parisian flea markets eventually developing a collection of pieces worn by Ginger Rogers, Marilyn Monroe, and Mae West.

Several years ago, Lane collaborated with the controversial De Beers Group who mines 40% of the world's supply of diamonds from South Africa.

In collaborating with Lane, the De Beers Group hoped to breathe life into its lackluster chain of jewelry retailers. In December 2005, the De Beers Group unveiled The Neil Lane Hollywood Collection at a Rodeo Drive boutique.

The surprisingly low-key environment of Lane’s Beverly Hills store is a calculated choice as the designer prefers a no-frills environment to better connect with his clients.

Lane’s infectious enthusiasm paired with his knowledgeable, patient, and amusing staff makes for a great experience for those procuring one or more of his timeless diamond jewelry.
Photo: Neil Lane's Diamond Ruffle-Cut Bracelet
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