Large Vintage Bashful Owl Pendant by Razza
Add some vintage flare to your ensemble with this FABULOUS bashful owl pendant, by famed costume jewelry designer Luca Razza. This large owl pendant was fashioned in the mid 1970's when Razza was at the height of his fame and know for large and whimsical pieces. Gold tone metal casting with cream colored resin that has been antiqued with a coffee brown stain to enhance the feather detailing. The owl sits atop an articulating (moves up and down) branch. The back opening allows for up to a 5mm chain. A bold, but fun way to share your personality with those around you. In perfect condition and ready to find a forever home. Read below specifics for a short bio on Luca Razza.
* Gold Tone (NOT solid gold)
* Manufacture - "Luca Razza" (stamped)
* Measures approx. 4 1/2" inches x 2 1/4" inches wide
* 98.81 grams
* c. 1970's
Luca Razza began his long and varied career in the jewelry business in the 1950s. His first venture was partnering with Lionel Mercier to form Raz-Mer Casting Co. in the Providence, Rhode Island area. This company made raw castings for Rice-Weiner and also Alice Jewelry, a brand associated with the mail-order business Lilian Vernon, among others.
In 1958, Razza went on to form another company with Stanley Conheim called Ronnie Jewelry Co. The Certified Corporation bought Ronnie Jewelry Co. in 1968. Certified also owned Whiting & Davis and DaVinci at that time. Conheim died in 1969. Razza remained with Certified until 1975. Still in the business in the 1990s, Razza formed Plaza Jewelry in North Kingston, Rhode Island.
As the designer, Razza’s name appeared on many of the jewelry items produced by the jewelry companies with which he was associated. It was while working with The Certified Corporation c. 1970 that he designed the large animal head pendants many collectors associate with his name today.