You'll imagine that you are hanging out at a cottage style farm when you wear this fun, vintage Ruby Z ceramic necklace! It features a white cow decorated with blue flowers all over its body. The rest of the necklace chain is round blue beads. Very sweet!
My customers love these ceramic necklaces because they are creative, beautifully designed, and oftentimes reflect a whimsical artistry (a cow with flowers!) - and so very collectible.
Measurements: The necklace is on the short side - approximately 15.5 inches (39.4 cm) long with a screw together barrel clasp. The cow is about 2.75 inches wide and 1.75 inches tall.
Condition: The necklace is in excellent vintage condition. Please review all photographs carefully, as they are an important part of the description.
Marks: The necklace is signed "Ruby Z" on a wide bead near the clasp. The reverse side of this same bead is signed "Parrot Pearls," the original company. Since Ruby Z did not exist at the same time as Parrot Pearls, clearly when those creators reformed as Ruby Z, they went ahead and used some of their hallmark beads.
Company History: The original company was called Parrot Pearls and was founded in 1975 San Francisco. Parrot Pearls split off in the 1980's into Flying Colors (run by former Parrot Pearl employees) and into Ruby Z, owned by two of the original founders of PP, Bean Finneran and Candace Loheed. Their easily recognizable pieces are ceramic jewelry in fanciful shapes, incorporating colorful beads made into necklaces and pins. These were artisan companies with hand finished products. Parrot Pearls, Flying Colors and Ruby Z are featured in collectors' books such as Ann Mitchell Pitman's "Inside the Jewelry Box, Vol. 2" (pages 7 -13) and Kathy Flood's "Warman's Jewelry Guide, 4th Ed." (pages 219 - 221).
NOTE: We are huge fans of all three companies and you can do a shop search using the key word "Ceramic" and all inventory from the three companies will show up. They tend to "fly out" of my shop and end up all over the world!
Vintage Ruby Z Ceramic Flower Power Cow Necklace
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