DODDS jewelry is scare, especially if signed, as their mark isn't always legible. This enormous pendant (3 1/4" x 2 1/4") clearly bears the name of the famous firm known for using high-quality stones in gold-plated metal.
Yes, that means this monster blue-white moonstone cabochon (1" x 3/4") could possibly be real. No promises and we've priced the piece as faux, but the stone feels colder to the touch than glass and isn't scratched as glass normally would be after decades. Being foil-backed, it's hard to examine, but it also seems to show inclusions not characteristic of glass, when viewed under high magnification.
Regardless of materials, we know for sure that the company closed circa 1960, so this pendant has considerable age. Most likely it dates from the 1950s, but it could be a little earlier. Overall condition is lovely, with loss of finish on just a few faux pearls, one visible to the naked eye (an easy fix).
While the pendant reached us from a Pennsylvania estate, the vintage necklace that matches it so well in color, style and scale was discovered more recently in a Texas collection. It dates from around the same period and is of very high quality, although not signed. Faux pearls alternate with pretty golden metal balls that have a granular, cannetille-like finish. It drapes beautifully and has a nice old barrel clasp -- which you won't even need to bother opening, because the necklace is 30 inches long.
You couldn't pick anything more stylish now, since fashion favors piling on statement-making pendant necklaces.
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