Inspired by the window frame of the Iguminov House in Moscow, from the journey to Russia. "There was snow falling in Moscow when I visited the Iguminov House. I brushed the snow off the stone window sill with my gloves and lent against it, warming my face in the sunshine as I read Pushkin. It was when I paused for a moment that I glanced across saw what the brushed away snow had revealed : a trellis pattern carved in the bosse with a twist of rope at the meeting point. I sketched it on the edge of a page, pondered it and once back in the workshop recreated the stone mason's idea in silver and gold."
Gold is a metal that Cassandra loves to work with, it takes a wonderful pátina with time. Cassandra has the skill of knowing which carat, strength and durability of gold to use, where stone setting is concerned, so that jewels last and look beautiful for generations. Sourcing gold and other metals responsibly from people who have the same ethical vision as herself is particularly important, and she regularly encourages transformations from old unworn jewels in to new sparkling pieces. When receiving jewels from Cassandra Goad, you can be assured that only the highest quality gold is being used.
Rubies are the rarest of the four gemstones traditionally called precious and have always been associated with passion and love, (the colour red being a strong emotional colour for the brain). Rubies protect the wearer from harm or illness and bring good fortune and happiness. 40th wedding anniversaries are often celebrated with rubies.
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.
Count Orlov gave his lover the Empress Catherine jewels beyond compare. Locked up in the dimly lit corridors of the Kremlin, they inspired Cassandra to create new jewels sparkling with gemstones. The St Basil's bracelet mixes enamels and cabochon gems. The pushkin cufflinks are timelessly elegant.