Constantinople, the ancient city of Christendom, inspired a collection of unusual designs after Cassandra's visit there in 2000. The Topkapi Palace was a short walk from Sogukcesme Sokak street, where Cassandra stayed in the Sultanahmet. There, in one of the rooms Cassandra found complete 'diamond encrusted tea services' and bowls full of the 'hubbly bubbly' pipe ends. It was the detail on one of these pipe ends that inspired the Topkapi design, with its intricate diamond settings.
Diamond- from the Greek 'adamas' means the unconquerable and so it is, being the hardest of all gemstones. From yellowish to green, red, pink and blue, diamonds are found in all colours in South Africa, Australia, as well as Namibia, Russia and China.
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.
The sultans of the Topkapi palace in Constantinople had tea cups encrusted with diamonds and hubbly bubbly pipes decorated with gold filigree. Marvelling at these, Cassandra created her Turkish collection as she travelled on with her sketchbooks to Chora, St Sofia, Ephesus and Kariye. From there, Cassandra discovered Bulgaria. From the overlapping domes of Nevski cathedral to the hidden Ivan Rilski monastery in the pine forests outside of Sofia; from the scent of Bulgarian roses to the hillsides carpeted in wild flowers.