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Ellen Soto, Jewelry Exec, Dead at 58

She began her career at Monet in 1977.

NEW YORK — Ellen Soto, a longtime jewelry industry executive, died Dec. 20 at her home in Manhattan. She was 58.

The cause of death was breast cancer, according to Lynette Connelly, a close friend and former colleague.

Soto began her career at Monet in 1977, rising to executive vice president for product creation and design for all Monet Brands, where she was known for her creativity and as a team builder. In addition to her 23 years at Monet, Soto worked at diamond and jewelry firms Tache and most recently at Nardi, where she was creative director.

Soto is survived by her mother, Marina Soto, and four sisters, Nancy Soto, Arlene Munson, Victoria Butler and Amelia Soto.