For Cassandra's Plum Blossom design she was inspired by the plum blossom (ume) that blooms in the later part of the winter. The flower was beloved by the Heian period scholar Sugawara Michizane, whose writings on it remained an inspiration for later generations. Plum blossoms appear as stylised five-petaled umebachi patterns or in the Korin blossom-pattern (named after the Edo-period artist Ogata Korin). The plum blossom is one of the elements of the "three friends of winter", the others being pine and bamboo. From the journey to Japan.
Large Plum Blossom studs in silver. Each earring measures approximately 14mm.
Cassandra herself designs all her jewels and works closely with her stone cutters and craftsmen throughout the process from design through to creation including on her bespoke projects.
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.