About Neil Lane

the designer

Neil Lane's life journey has always been focused on a deep appreciation of all things beautiful. Creating hand-made, treasured jewelry for some of Hollywood's legendary stars, Neil has become one of the most celebrated jewelry designers in the world.

As a curious child growing up in Brooklyn, Neil had a keen interest in found objects, jewelry and art. He was always fascinated with color, nature and design. After college, he moved to Paris where he pursued his passion for jewelry, developed a keen eye for vintage pieces and began his renowned period jewelry collection. Neil later relocated to Los Angeles where he established his reputation as a jewelry collector and designer for Hollywood.

Neil began by creating pieces that appealed to a new generation of Hollywood talent. Renee Zellweger, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Hudson, adorned with Neil's jewels, accepted their first Golden Globes and Oscars. His elegant diamond engagement and wedding rings have graced the hands of beautiful brides from Jessica Simpson to Ellen DeGeneres.

Neil's journey has included some impressive milestones. He partnered with DeBeers LVMH, launching their Rodeo Drive store with his Hollywood Diamond Collection, and debuted his trend-setting rough cut diamond sautoirs to the American public for the first time. He reintroduced to the bridal market the stunning Asscher and old European diamond cuts. As an ambassador for the diamond industry, he met with government officials from Botswana and South Africa. As a champion of vintage jewels, he has influenced the style and design of contemporary jewelry making over the last 20 years.

In 2010, Neil partnered with Kay Jewelers to create a one-of-a-kind bridal collection that brings the glamour of hollywood to every woman: Neil Lane Bridal™. You can shop for Neil Lane Bridal™ at retailers across the U.S.

 

Neil Lane discusses how his love of art led him to become one of the most well-recognized jewelry designers in the world and how it still inspires his work today.

The Collector

As a young boy in Brooklyn, Neil Lane had an eye for the beautiful. He began collecting colored glass, eventually buying and selling enough decorative items to buy a ticket to Paris. It was there that Neil's jewelry curating expertise truly developed thanks to many visits to Paris' iconic museums and lauded cathedrals, while walking streets steeped in centuries of architecture.

Since Neil's first purchase of a dragon-shaped enamel brooch with a big pearl in its belly and a diamond in its mouth, his collection has grown to include many iconic pieces and has been featured as part of notable exhibitions with renowned institutions including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Richard H. Driehaus Museum and the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts, among others.

As a distinguished designer and collector, Neil Lane's life journey has always been focused on a deep appreciation of all things beautiful.