The La Quintessence design, (from the 'quin' or five elements: earth, fire, water, air and ether) is directly inspired by a section of stone work (some volcanic and presumably from Mount Etna) on the inner wall of the Cloister at Monreale Cathedral, Palermo that was built by William II of Sicily in 1174. From the Journey to Sicily.
La Quintessenza bracelet in 9ct yellow gold and set with tahitian pearls. This bracelet measures approximately 190mm.
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.