This vintage 1970-1980's Parrot Pearls tropical toucan necklace wants to fly into your life! The necklace features three large, black toucans with colorful beaks and bodies sitting along a ceramic, black "fence." The chain is black tube beads interspersed with colorful round beads.
All three related companies (Parrot Pearls, Flying Colors, and Ruby Z) are amazingly creative; some collectors value Parrot Pearls the most as "the original" and the earliest examples.
Measurements: The necklace is 19 inches (48 cm) in length with screw barrel clasp. Each toucan is approximately 1.5 inches wide by 3 inches tall.
Condition: The necklace is in very good condition. There is some crazing to the glaze that is typical of vintage ceramic jewelry. The far right toucan has a small (4 mm by 1.5 mm) scuff to the black glaze with the white ceramic showing through. It is visible if one is looking at the necklace at an angle. Please review all photographs carefully, as they form an essential part of the description.
Marks: It is signed on the white bead near the clasp "©PARROT PEARLS.”
Company History: Parrot Pearls was founded in 1975 in San Francisco. The company called Flying Colors was founded by former employees of Parrot Pearls in the 1980's. Another spin off company was Ruby Z, produced designs until 1995, under the direction of its most famous original PP partners, Candace Loheed and Bean Finneran.
Their trademark, easily recognizable pieces are hand made ceramic jewelry in fanciful shapes such as animals and flowers, and incorporate colorful beads. They are renown for their imagination and attention to delightful details. Their work has received multiple references in Ann Pittman's "Inside the Jewel Box" series.
NOTE: We are huge fans of all three companies. Do a shop search using the word "ceramic" and all we currently have in inventory will show up. They often "fly" out the door quickly!
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Vintage Parrot Pearls Ceramic Tropical Toucan Bird Necklace
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