This new old stock with tag RUBY-Z handmade, handpainted ceramic Polar Bear Necklace by Bean Finneran (formally of Parrot pearls) features a large White Polar Bear with light blue eyes, black nose and red lips, the red and black colors are found on small round beads as well. The barrel clasp works perfectly. Looks new comes with tags still attached to the necklace.
Marks: Tag has a full write-up of the company, the necklace is signed Bean Finneran on one of the white beads next to the clasp and Ruby-Z on another.
Measurements: 10” long (the bear does not hang down far past the rest of this necklace.) the bear is, 43.91mm | 1.72” highest point, 70.18mm | 2.76” longest point.
Weight: 63.68 Grams.
Condition: Excellent, there is a tiny, tiny chip on the black of a bead next to the white bead that has Bean Finneran’s signature (it does not show). Original tag attached to the original black string.
About the company...I found this write up online:
Company History: The original company was called Parrot Pearls and was founded in 1975 in San Francisco. Their pieces are easily recognizable ceramic jewelry in fanciful shapes such as animals, flowers, and incorporating colorful beads made into necklaces and pins. These were 'artisan' companies with handmade, hand-painted and finished products. 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. Ruby Z, Flying Colors and Parrot Pearls were never mass produced and have been 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). Production ended by the mid-1990's. They are collected by aficionados all around the globe.
There is an interesting article in Antique Week Vol. 38, Issue 1916 by Ann. M. Pitman.