LA Times - Jeweler to the stars is a man of many facets

Neil Lane is best known for rings he designs for 'Bachelor' but is branching out to home furnishings.

Neil Lane, the jeweler to Hollywood stars who also provides the diamond rings for TV series "The Bachelor," at his Beverly Hills home with some of his own artwork

The millions of people who watch “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” on ABC get a glimpse each season of the man who designs the shows’ ornate diamond engagement rings and hands them to the contestants: Neil Lane.

That role stems from Lane being widely considered the jeweler to Hollywood’s stars, a perch he never envisioned when he was foraging New York street trash for collectibles as a teenager and swapping antiques at flea markets in the 1970s. Over the last two decades, countless Hollywood celebrities have bought Lane’s jewelry creations, which often are worth tens of thousands of dollars apiece.

Collections of less costly Lane jewelry also have been available to the masses since 2010 when Signet Jewelers Ltd. — which owns the jewelry chains Kay Jewelers, Zales and Jared, among others — launched Neil Lane collections at its stores. Now, Lane plans to branch out further by designing household furnishings and other consumer goods, and for the last three years he’s designed the interior decor of his 6,000-square-foot home in Beverly Hills.

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