"I didn't plan any of these things," the designer says of his rise to fame

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Jeweler to the stars Neil Lane has a secret.

“I don’t think anyone knows,” he tells PEOPLE in the clip above, but “I never wanted to be a jewelry designer — I wanted to be an artist.” Good thing he changed his mind!

Known for his glimmering engagement rings (and now his line for Kay jewelers), Lane also lends out gems for big events; and believes he was in the right place at the right time when Hollywood got even more glam in the 1990s.

“I think I did Rebecca Romijn’s first wedding [to John Stamos], the first time they ever covered celebrity weddings,” he shares. “Goldie Hawn used to bring her kid, Kate Hudson, to try on jewelry, and then when Kate Hudson got engaged, she got a ring from me.”

Renée Zellweger, when she was nominated for her first Golden Globe, said, ‘I’d like to borrow some jewelry,'” he continues. “She came in one day with a dress and we put some jewels on her. The next day she won a Golden Globe [for Nurse Betty], and she was shouting out, ‘To my friend Neil,’ and it was amazing.” Hear more from Lane in the clip above.

–Kate Hogan