The famous stretch of land known as the 'Conco d'Oro' ( Golden Shell) of Palermo is visible from the hill on which Monreale cathedral sits. When Cassandra entered into the cool of the great cathedral from the heat outside she was overwhelmed by the decorations everywhere. As the enormity of the space sunk in, her observant eye lit upon the pattern of the intricate and interlacing woodwork of the carved confessionals, and sitting down on a pew nearby she sketched out the swirls of double ridges. Once back in her London studio she stripped away the wood around the design and took just the twin outline as a frame to give her design a structure and technical strength. The Conca d'Oro cuff was born. From the journey to Sicily.
Conca d'Oro cuff in 9ct yellow gold and set with lapis lazuli. The circumference measures approximately 170mm.
Cassandra herself designs all her jewels and works closely with her stone cutters and craftsmen throughout the process from design through to creation including on her bespoke projects.
Ever in search of the unusual and rare, Cassandra travels the world to source beautiful gemstones, either in the rough or cut form.
The craftsman works as an artist recreating the design in metal. The jewel is then mounted, assayed, polished and set.