These iconic and signed vintage Anne Klein lion head earrings are from the 1980s by New York designer, Anne Klein. These byzantine-style earrings are large circular ‘shield’ clip-ons in a brushed and matte golden finish, with ‘AK’ featured in the centre and the signed copyrighted makers mark ‘AK’ on the rear. The lion’s head became the symbol of Anne Klein jewellery and the the brand’s official logo – pieces featuring the lions head are now the most popular of her collection and highly collectable. Anna Klein jewellery became a symbol of American style and fashion.
Label: Anne Klein
Measurements: Each earring has a 3cm (approximately 1.2 inch) diameter.
About the designer: Anne Klein
‘Anne Klein’ was born as Hannah Golofsky on 3 August 1923 in Brooklyn, New York. In 1937, she won a scholarship to attend the Traphagen School of Fashion in New York, working with several dress companies and began to make a name for herself as a designer. In 1948, she married clothing manufacturer Ben Klein and together, launched their own brand, the Junior Sophisticates label where she was principal designer until the end of her marriage in 1960. In 1963, she married her second husband, Matthew “Chip” Rubinstein, with the pair founding Anne Klein & Company at 39th Street in 1968. She also opened Anne Klein Studio at 57th Street. In 1973, she was the only woman invited to participate in a fashion show consisting of five American and five French designers, invited to show at the Battle of Versailles design competition. Over the next decade, the brand was sold in more than 750 department stores and boutiques in the US, as well as opening the first ‘boutique-within-a-store’ concept at ‘Anne Klein Corner’ within Saks Fifth Avenue, New York in 1970. In the 1970s, the Anne Klein label began producing watches and high quality jewellery in a classic style that were made of matte and gloss metals, glass, rhinestones, cabochons and faux pearls. Sadly, at the height of her success and aged just 50, Anne Klein died of breast cancer on 19 March, 1974. After her death, Takihyo Company bought the company and design was headed by Donna Karan who became the main designer of the Anne Klein brand.