Kenneth Jay Lane; costume jewelry designer
Kenneth Jay Lane, the king of costume jewelry who revolutionized the fashion industry in the 1960s with his realistic replications of priceless gems, died July 20 at his home in Manhattan. He was 85.
The cause was a heart attack, said Chris Sheppard, the executive vice president of Kenneth Jay Lane Inc.
A designer who preferred the term inventor, Lane charmed the fashion elite and the American middle class alike with his inexpensive, near carbon copies of costlier creations. By 1975, his company had 2,000 stores worldwide. His devoted following of movie stars, political spouses and members of European royal families made him one of the most well-connected men in New York City. The Duchess of Windsor was buried in a Kenneth Jay Lane faux emerald snake bracelet, per her request.