Beatriz Carnaval earrings in 9ct yellow gold with diamonds (2.4cts). Inspired by the colourful works of Brazilian abstract modernist painter, Beatriz Milhazes whcih seemed to Cassandra like the dahlia flowers in her garden. From the Journey to Brazil.
Each earring measures approximately 42mm in length.
For me, the whirls of colour in one of Beatriz Milhazes paintings took me straight back to my garden: to the dahlias growing in every colour, clashing orange with pink, yellows, reds and purples. I love these flowers and here was my chance to create a jewel inspired by them. I made petal outlines in marquises of gold, set diamonds into the circles, and hung circles off the circles with a movement that only the influence of Brazil could suggest.
One of the most renowned and romantic stones of all, the diamond has a rich and sparkling history. A symbol of eternal love famed since ancient Greece, etymology denotes that the word diamond comes from the Greek 'Adamas' meaning unconquerable, and so it is, as the hardest of all gemstones.
The birthstone for April, these jewels are believed to increase energy, detoxify the body from impurities, and bring you inner courage. In shades varying from colourless, pale yellow to green, red, pink and blue, diamonds are found in lots of colours across South Africa, Australia, as well as Namibia, Russia and China. The most prized, pure diamonds are colourless and all are composed entirely of carbon.
They are graded by the 4 C's, carat weight, colour, clarity and cut. Diamonds are faceted to display a unique combination of this adamantine lustre and fire, displaying a higher degree of dispersion than any other natural colourless gemstone. A high degree of skill is required to ensure precision, proportion, and precise facet edges, as well as sharp scintillation. A popular cut is round brilliant, with 57 well-proportioned facets to show off the optical effects of brilliance and dispersion, but there are other cuts including square, pear, marquise and oval.
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.