I drove out of Beijing early one morning ( I LOVE early mornings ) with my wonderful driver, Jaws. Yes, he was tall, smiled a lot, was hard to communicate with, drove on the wrong side of the road to get me places faster, and had metal-tipped teeth. When we arrived some hours later at Mutianyu - the place where it is great to see the Wall, I remembered that famously this is where you come back down, off the wall, on a rollercoaster slide.
Once up on the wall, with my picnic, notebook, hat, pencils, and cameras I wandered along the meandering brick 'snake' pathway. Up and down along its cobbled road, in and out of the sentry post gates. I stopped here and there to gaze at the view or to sit on a step, letting my eye reach out far into the distance. After a while, I pulled out some delicious China Club sandwiches made that morning from my bag, pinching myself because I was really sitting on the Great Wall of China. It was hot, and the groups of tourists seemed to have lulled, and just for those few moments, I was entirely alone. These are the best moments, when the mind - not bothered with survival - meanders, collecting thoughts, creating.
Silver is the most malleable of metals and when freshly polished takes a mirror like shine. All of the sterling silver used in Cassandra Goad jewellery is of the highest quality and crafted in one of our workshops in London. Cassandra always finds her silver from sustainable sources and where possible recycles the metal; never compromising on quality
All Cassandra Goad jewellery is designed and made in the
workshops in London.
As a gemmologist, the chemical composition and properties of gemstones have always fascinated Cassandra. Ever in search of the unusual and rare, she 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, his interpretation is vital to the overall feel of the jewel. The jewel is then mounted, assayed , polished and set. Many of Cassandra's jewels can be hand engraved with a personal message to make a unique bespoke gift.
In China, Cassandra designed her Qin and Han collection, interpreting the warring factions in opposing colours of gemstones. Butterflies of diamonds, sapphires and emeralds inspired on the 18th century Chinese wallpaper became necklaces and tiaras. Cassandra was overwhelmed by the Temple of Heaven- its geometric roof shapes becoming a pair of earrings.