Cocoa was used in Mexico as early as 1750 BC. Both the Maya and Aztecs used it as an offering in ceremonies. The Aztecs called it 'Xocoatl' and believed it came from Quetzalcoatl the God of wisdom.. Montezuma is said to have drunk 50 cups every day ! Each of Cassandra's Cocoa Pods holds a delightful secret: they open to reveal, on one side gemstone "cocoa beans", and on the other, an open-work lattice where the pods lie empty.
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.
Ruby belongs to the corundum group of gemstones, its red colour due to the presence of chromium distinguishing it from pink sapphires. This red colour, often called 'Pigeon's blood' in the finest stones, varies according to each individual deposit which makes it impossible to determine its source from its colour. Some of the most important deposits can be found in Burma, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. Ruby the birthstone for July is associated wth love, passion and romance.
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.