Raffia 9ct yellow gold earring pendants for astrea hoops set with diamonds. Inspired on the wispy raffia baskets of the Moroccan Medina. From the Journey to Morocco.
*Astrea hoops are sold separately.
These earring pendants measure approximately 29mm tall.
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.
"In Marrakech, in the shade of an umbrella, I watched an old man plaiting and weaving his baskets, cajoling the stray wisps into the pattern of his creation. I always search for the essence of a country when I travel: so in observing the women carrying their goods to and from the market, or when they were just out shopping, I saw that the basket was ever present - a part of their daily ritual.
With my craftsmen I created Raffia: a jewelled tasselled earring, whose wrapping of gold and silver around and around echoes the work of the old man and his basket weaving. The movement reminds me of the busy Medina that is never still, always in motion."
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.