I loved the pastry like cut-outs of the flowers on the wall near the city of Xi'an where the terracotta warriors are - they reminded me of the fruit pies my grandmother would make for the weekends. So I took this flat flower shape and created the Chinese parasol design - layering the flowers like the layers of pine tree branches that were depicted so often in Chinese paintings I had been looking at over my picnic lunches. Later that day I saw a ceiling full of Chinese parasols, their flower-like shapes, lapping each other like a flower bed overflowing with flowers in summertime, and so the name Chinese parasol came about. The design was for necklaces and pendants and earrings and cufflinks
Gold is a metal that Cassandra loves to work with, it takes a wonderful pátina with time. Cassandra has the skill of knowing which carat, strength and durability of gold to use, where stone setting is concerned, so that jewels last and look beautiful for generations. Sourcing gold and other metals responsibly from people who have the same ethical vision as herself is particularly important, and she regularly encourages transformations from old unworn jewels in to new sparkling pieces. When receiving jewels from Cassandra Goad, you can be assured that only the highest quality gold is being used.
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.