Quattro Canti halo earrings in 9ct yellow gold set with Theresa peridot studs. The Quattro Canti (Piazza Vigliena) in Palermo, Sicily, was laid out on the orders of the Viceroys between 1608-1620 by Giulio Lasso at the crossing of the two principal streets in Palermo, the Via Maqueda and the Corso Vittorio Emanuele. The octagonal Piazza with its near-identical facades contain fountains with statues of the four seasons (& decorations), the four Spanish kings of Sicily, & the patronesses of Palermo, (Cristina, Ninfa, Olivia, and Agata). From the Journey to Sicily.
The earrings measures approximately 20mm in diameter.
These earrings are part of Cassandra's interchangeable collection. If you already own jewels from this collection and only wish to buy part of the earring shown, please contact the showroom on 0207 730 2202.
The Quattro Canti crossroads in the centre of Palermo are unlike any other in the world. Majestic, triumphant and beautifully designed and decorated, they are still the heart and axis of this ancient city with views to the points of the compass. Four basins festooned in agrumi lead upwards to the four saints and further up to the four kings. It was the festoons of fruit that inspired my halos and wound them around my halos.
Peridot was first found in 300BC on St. John's Island in the Red Sea, and crusaders brought it back to their cathedrals in the Middle Ages. When beautifully cut it has the colour of a freshly unfurled beech leaf in Spring, a gemstone greatly admired for its rich 'oily' green shades from the mineral olivine. Large stones are rare and when she finds them, Cassandra loves to use them for brooches and earrings. As the birthstone for August, a precious peridot can bring you prosperity and happiness, welcoming new beginnings and paving the way for courage, wealth and wisdom.
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.