Teatro Massimo necklace of amethyst beads (12mm) and 3 x 9ct yellow gold Teatro Massimo necklace spacers, featuring a 9ct yellow gold Lowe Clasp.The design on the spacers is from a detail inside the Royal Box in Teatro Massimo, Palermo, Sicily. From the Journey to Sicily.
The necklace measures approximately 16" in length and is available in 18". Cassandra's design for this necklace enables it to be worn singly or as a double row, as well as linking both necklaces together to form one long rope. Please contact the showroom on 020 7730 2202 for more information.
One of the greatest opera houses in the world is in Palermo: The Teatro Massimo. Inside I found on the balcony level, a series of wooden pillars decorated with a motif that seemed to tell of musical staves. I took this motif and engraved it in gold to be part of a bracelet design and then later, cufflinks.
Taken from the Greek word "amethystos", meaning sober; amethyst quartz has illustrious calming properties, protecting wearers with a sense of tranquillity and soberness. Famed for its regal deep purple colour, February's birthstone is said to enhance your focus and open your mind to critical thinking and clarity, and to also protect from inebriation. It is often worn by bishops set in a ring. Most are sourced from alluvial deposits in Brazil, Madagascar, Zambia and Uruguay, and Cassandra likes to juxtapose their splendour with rubies and aquamarine, or even green African garnets.
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.