My Chinese adventure began in England at Broughton castle in Oxfordshire when I stayed in a room with the most beautiful green 18th century Chinese wallpaper. I noticed that occasionally, small butterflies had been hand painted in the wallpaper, and I was charmed by their flitting and fluttering over the walls. I found myself day dreaming about the Far East of the 18th century, imagining the Forbidden city and its exotic palaces, sumptuous silks and stories of the Emperor. I sketched butterflies in all sizes, some as earrings, some larger for brooches and necklaces. They were golden and small, larger and diamond set with facetted stones sparkling on their wings. And so I named them after the names for the capital: Peking (the smallest), Nanjing (the medium size) and Beijing (the larger brooch and pendants).
Emerald derives from the term 'smaragdos', meaning 'green stone'. Emerald is the most precious gemstone in the beryl crystal group as a result of its incomparable green, caused by the presence of chromium. Only the finest emeralds are transparent, with most featuring inclusions, often in three phases; of gas, liquid and solid. Historically the finest emeralds were found in Colomnia and India, where one Maharajah was weighed in emeralds. It is also the birthstone for the month of May.
All Cassandra Goad jewellery is designed and made in the
workshops in London.
As a gemmologist, the chemical composition and properties of gemstones have always fascinated Cassandra. Ever in search of the unusual and rare, she 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, his interpretation is vital to the overall feel of the jewel. The jewel is then mounted, assayed , polished and set. Many of Cassandra's jewels can be hand engraved with a personal message to make a unique bespoke gift.
In China, Cassandra designed her Qin and Han collection, interpreting the warring factions in opposing colours of gemstones. Butterflies of diamonds, sapphires and emeralds inspired on the 18th century Chinese wallpaper became necklaces and tiaras. Cassandra was overwhelmed by the Temple of Heaven- its geometric roof shapes becoming a pair of earrings.