He adds glitter to glamour

Neil Lane is a jewelry designer whose celebrity clients include Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Neil Lane is a jewelry designer whose celebrity clients include Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. (Jordan Strauss/Wireimage)
By Irene Muniz
Globe Correspondent / May 6, 2010

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Neil Lane has been called the Ace of Diamonds and King of Bling, but he prefers to think of himself as a jewelry designer who happens to work in Hollywood. Lane has created many pieces for celebrities and appeared as a guest on “The Bachelor’’ and “Oprah.’’ He will make a stop in Boston next Thursday, at the Museum of Fine Arts Fashion Council, to talk about his art — and his famous clients.

Q. From Brooklyn to Hollywood — how did that happen?

A. It’s a mystery! It’s not something I ever planned to do. I was an artist. I started looking at jewels and color, and I think color led me to jewelry, and then being more involved in the world of jewelry led me to Hollywood. I just moved at the right time when glamour was coming back into the picture. I didn’t expect Renée Zellweger to come and borrow jewels from me and say my name on television.

Q. Any summer trends to watch for?

A. Oh, yeah. People love long chains. Chains, long chains; mixing big, bold bracelets; mixing a lot of white and yellow together. Now you see a lot of stacking of bracelets, white gold, yellow gold, platinum, mix with color stones, diamonds. So it’s very sort of gypsy-like.

Q. Mother’s Day is almost here. What kind of jewelry should we be looking for?

A. Well anything sentimental. You know — hearts or lockets. To me hearts are always the trick.

Q. Advice for wearing everyday jewelry?

A. I think you should have a collection of jewelry that really suits your personality. I think people should have jewelry which they actually love and which becomes like a signature jewel. They can wear that bracelet, ring, those earrings all the time and then they can wear their special jewels for their cocktail [party] or for the evening.

Q. “The Bachelor’’ pops up when you search your name online.

A. I’m going [this week] to film my fourth season with “The Bachelor’’ on an exotic island. This one is “The Bachelorette.’’ I’ve become part of that. I will present the rings for “The Bachelorette,’’ for the two bachelors she chooses, for them to decide on the ring. Doing these things are like — OK, why not?

Q. Who are some of your regular Hollywood customers?

A. I would say everyone in Hollywood has been a client. From Angelina Jolie to Brad Pitt to Demi Moore to Ashton [Kutcher]. I’ve dealt with these people all the time — Charlize Theron — and I know these are knock-out names; they’re exciting for people to know them, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t sell to Mrs. Smith or Mrs. Johnson, or I don’t sell jewels in Dubai. I do.

EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this story included a number for tickets. Tickets are only available to Museum of Fine Arts Fashion Council members.

Interview was condensed and edited.