Medium Frangipani earrings in 9ct yellow gold with blue and white mottled lapis lazuli (16.6cts) petals and diamond centres (0.26cts) with post and clip. Inspired by the flowers of the same name. From the Journey to Brazil.
Each earring measures approximately 18mm in diameter.
The frangipani is a soft, white, five petalled bloom with a tinge of pink that often lies on the ground around the tree, with a perfume that evokes all the magic and mystique of the tropics. I cut the stones for the petals in curved domes, faceting the opaque and translucent rough material so they would catch the sunlight. Designed to be worn all day, they weigh nothing. Delicate claws hold each petal in place around a small diamond. The diamond is like dew caught after a steamy rain forest night. Frangipani is made out of mother of pearl, blue chalcedony, green chrysoprase, and amethyst specially made for my 35th anniversary.
Originating from Afghanistan, lapis lazuli has been used as an ornamental material in jewels, inlay work and as azure paint for over 6000 years. With a typically resinous and mottled appearance, the metamorphic rock is acclaimed for its intensely vivid and opaque ultramarine blue colour. Unusually for a gemstone it is a rock, not a mineral.
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.