Astarte was the Phoenician Goddess, known to the Greeks as Aphrodite (and by the Romans in Sicily, as Venus Erycina). Inspired by an ancient Greek bead necklace of Cassandra's grandmother, and with Astarte the goddess in mind, Cassandra created her Astarte design. The deep uneven dimples on the surface of the beads make them seem as if they had been buried for centuries. From the journey to Sicily.
Astarte necklace of lapis lazuli beads and 3 x 9ct yellow gold beaten gold bead necklace spacers and a 9ct yellow gold Lowe Clasp.
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.