Fire Coral earrings in silver set with diamonds. Inspired by the coral I left drying in the sun on the beach at Celestun (near the long narrow estuary where the pink flamingoes gather ) and along the Mexican barrier reef and Sian Ka'an ( 'place where the sky is born ') biosphere at Punta Allen. From the Journey to Mexico.
Each earring measures approximately 51mm tall.
Mexico's beaches reach out to the second largest barrier reef in the world where fish, turtles and dolphins swim freely amongst the incredible corals. The delicate twig like outlines of the corals and their beautiful movement in the currents inspired Cassandra to create the fire coral earrings where small diamonds lie hidden in their gently swaying branches.
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.