This vintage Lady Remington gold tone and mother of pearl set has been mine for a little over 20 years. It is one of the nicer quality costume sets I have owned. A good friend who is also my next door neighbor sold it to me when she was a dealer for Lady Remington, see history below. It is a solid set and heavy but not too, and has maintained its beauty. It is the closest gold tone jewelry to real gold I think I have seen. The necklace is designed in sections of an alternating smooth rectangle with ridged square beads which are somehow well hooked together because I have never seen what actually holds the pieces together. The earrings a large oval with a mother of pearl insert. The matching pendant also with a mother of pearl insert can open and close and be removed to wear the necklace without a pendant, or can also double as a scarf clip. It's perfect. It is in excellent condition with minimal surface wear and no scratches or tarnishes, the only thing with tarnish or maybe its just wear is the name tag marked LR for Lady Remington. The clasp works fine no issues. The earrings are pierced, and I made the unfortunate mistake of leaving a plastic earring back on them- that area is stained or tarnished but the other is not, please see the pictures. I removed and cleaned it the best I could and will replace it with a matching gold tone one. ‘ Necklace Length: About 17-18 inches It is close to my throat when I have worn it.
Earrings: About 1 1/2 inches long, 1 1/4 inches wide
Lady Remington History
From a Chicago Tribune article 12/3/2014:
Victor Kiam bought direct-sales jewelry company Act II in 1986 and renamed it Lady Remington. His son renamed it Lia Sophia, after the names of two of his daughters, in 2004. In December 2014 they announced that they were going out of business after 28 years. They were then owned by Elena and Tony Kiam. The couple took over the fashion jewelry business from Tory Kiam's father, Victor Kiam, onetime owner of the New England Patriots and president of Remington Products. Victor Kiam was famous in the 1980s for featuring himself in Remington commercials in which he said he liked the shavers so much, he bought the company.
In 2011, a Los Angeles Time article titled ‘Hollywood takes a shine to lia sophia jewelry’ said: Celebrities headed for the Golden Globes or Oscars may drape themselves in ‘loaner’ diamonds from Harry Winston or Cartier, but less formal occasions call for a different kind of jewelry — perhaps even costume jewelry. The choices seem endless, but a line called lia sophia has made an impression in Hollywood Jennifer Aniston and Gwen Stefani are among those who have been photographed wearing pieces from the collection. And then went on to discuss the same information from the Tribune.
They are a direct-sales jewelry business that enlisted thousands of women as independent sales reps in the tradition of Avon and Tupperware. A 2008 Chicago Tribune story said Lia Sophia had 27,000 independent sales representatives nationwide who collectively sold more than $100 million worth of costume jewelry a year. According to the Lia Sophia website, entry-level ‘advisers,’ who take home 30 percent of their sales, on average made $7,420 annually in 2012. Earnings rose as they climbed the ranks, to an average of $357,872 annual income for a ‘zone leader.’ One of the sales reps who has been selling Lia Sophia jewelry for six years, said she was surprised to learn that the company is shuttering just as she is closing out on her best sales year. Grelyak, who said she is one of about 800 Lia Sophia sales representatives in Illinois
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