La Quintessenza bracelet in 9ct yellow gold and set with tahitian pearls. The Quintessence, meaning the five elements Earth, fire, water, air and ether, comes from a section of stone work (some volcanic and presumably from Mount Etna) on the inner wall of the Cloister at Monreale Cathedral, Palermo built by William II of Sicily in 1174. From the Journey to Sicily.
This bracelet measures approximately 190mm in length.
I noticed a changing pattern in the stonework of the wall inside the cloisters of Monreale. It alternated from white limestone to a black pumice in a beautiful undulation. I sketched it out in my notebook as I sat in the sun with my back to the mosaic columns of the cloisters representing the four elements. I recreated the pattern in gold with pearls and named it La Quintessenza after the fifth.
All Cassandra Goad Jewellery is designed and made in our workshops in London.
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.