Taking my inspiration from trips to Paris, la campagne, châteaux, vineyards, seaside towns and the slopes, I embark on a new adventure for 2023, translating that discerning sense of French luxury, style and je ne sais quoi into every one of my jewellery creations.
The Roi Soleil tennis bracelet also transports us back to King Louis XIV's daring firework display, with its fusion of light and colour.
Round faceted stones alternate with pavé set diamonds, joined by a contemporary clasp featuring the Cassandra Goad logo. A signature stylistic feature for Cassandra Goad, this bracelet can be joined with another bracelet to make a sparkling, and spectacular, necklace.
The delicate structure of the design creation consists of two interlocking Fleur de Lys shapes, one layer artfully arranged upon the other. The three petals of the Fleur de Lys paired with another three petals, form one striking flower and modern design.
Cassandra's Fleur de Lys design decorates a series of necklace pendants, earring charms and stud earrings.
Cassandra's travels to France have inspired all of the three-dimensional engravings: Le Coq, Notre Dame, Les Vignes, Le Ski, La Marianne, Le Mont St Michel, 'Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe' and Le Tour Eiffel. Each one brings to life memorable French scenes, the concave shape of the charms serving as the perfect vessel for displaying the necessary depth, both physically and figuratively, of each story.
It is surprising and spirited, supple and stylish all at the same time.Cassandra
Can you spot the croissant, the pain au chocolat, the canelé and the éclair?Cassandra
The Parquet collection honours the incredible patterns of parquet flooring found at Le Château de Villandry. Inside you will find a series of rooms facing onto the gardens with the equally brilliant geometric patterns of the polished parquet wooden floors.
Stunning diamonds and gemstones are set within the striking octagonal shape echoing closely the unique outline of the Villandry parquet floor designs as a pendant, earrings and bracelet chain.
There are eight points of the cross to symbolise the eight Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3 - 12), in between which you will see four Fleur de Lys with three petals each that are said to signify the twelve apostles. Traditionally, these crosses also feature doves as a symbol of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16), but throughout history and times of persecution, this dove has been replaced with a pearl to represent a teardrop.
I found myself pausing to take in the boiseries, the wood panelling on the walls and doorways, to admire the carvings of undulating leaves and flowers. As I looked closer, scrolls of leaves curled into one another, while flowers burst out between the folds. I realised those golden orbs and scrolls would be a striking starting point for a new design, my own golden Songe De Vaux.
Cassandra picked out this famous French proverb for one of her latest quote pendants, enriched by its ethos of spirit and rigour. After all, seizing the day and making the most of every moment is the only way to discover the many great wonders a country like France has to offer.
Taking inspiration from Paul Gauguin's sculptural piece "Soyez Mystérieuses" carved in 1890, Cassandra's new quote pendant brings to mind that effortless nonchalance, luxurious "je ne sais quoi" and elusive magic of La Belle France. Be mysterious.