This is an example of high-end jewelry c. 1980. Stamped 18-karat, this yellow gold oval cluster pendant measures 3/4" vertically including the split bail, which swivels side to side. The cluster portion itself measures 1/2" vertically, and is 7/16" wide x 4 mm. deep. In shared prongs, it is mounted with ten round brilliant cut diamonds weighing about 0.50 carat total, having G-H color, VS2 clarity and Very Good cut.
These surround the center stone, mounted by low integrated prongs, which is an oval mixed cut ruby weighing about 0.60 carat, having dark, strong, slight purplish red color; and with very slight inclusions. There is a 14-karat (as stamped) yellow gold, rope chain measuring 1 mm. wide and 17" long, with a tubular clasp and safety catch. The total item weighs 2.2 pennyweights (3.4 grams), and is in excellent vintage condition.
The back of the bail is marked "ALB", which was the trademark for Albithel, a very fine New York wholesale manufacturer from 1965 to 1994. Its heyday was in the 1970s and 1980s, when it specialized in elegant jewelry for high-end jewelry stores. This is a lovely piece of their work.
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