Orpheus 9ct yellow gold bracelet set with eight facetted red garnet. Inspired by the story of Orpheus and the Underworld. From Cassandra's Classic collection.
This bracelet measures approximately 7.5 inches long.
The design for the Orpheus bracelet was inspired by the story of Orhpeus, descending into the underworld to rescue Eurydice. The eight transparent stones of the bracelet represent the water he dived into, and eight being a lucky number reminds the wearer to be patient - a quality that Orpheus needed to work on.
Originating from the Latin name "granatus", meaning seed-like, rounded garnet crystals bring to mind perfectly polished pomegranate seeds. The scientist in Cassandra has always been fascinated by this isomorphous series, giving rise to gems ranging from colourless through to all colours of the rainbow. These gleaming gemstones have a high refractive index, perpetually emitting light. Some will even change colour, appearing bluish-green in daylight and purplish-red in incandescent light. No wonder they are said to have guided travellers throughout history, with their light warding off all darkness and fears. With these strong associations to illumination, it's not surprising garnets have also been so popular with kings and queens, vikings, and knights. Imbued with eternal happiness, health, and wealth, the traditionally resplendent red colour of garnets enriches wearers with faith, stability, and courage. An appropriate birthstone for January, which marks the beginning of the year.
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.