Niremius 5 row 18ct white gold necklace pendant set with five rows of diamonds (3.5cts). This piece can be worn as a pendant or as a brooch (please contact the showroom to explain the fittings to enable this). Niremius, the architect, built the Forum baths at Pompei around AD 79, the ceiling of which had elegant stucco decoration of concentric circles which inspired the circular design of the pendant. It is important that the circles appear to float separately from one another and this is created by holding the circles together with knife edge wires that appear thin and delicate on the surface but are strong and secure. Making perfectly spaced circles is harder than making circles that touch so the final stages of this design require great concentration for the craftsman.
Specially created for the 35th Anniversary of Cassandra Goad in 2020.
Designed by Niremius, the ceiling of the Stabian baths is decorated with concentric circles that remind me of the patterns of a whirlpool. The plaster circles were transformed into pencil sketches, and in my workshop, they later became four circles of gold with the water of the baths evoked by the sparkling pave of diamonds. And in celebration of 35 years last year, I added a 5th row to the Niremius pendant.
One of the most renowned and romantic stones of all, the diamond has a rich and sparkling history. A symbol of eternal love famed since ancient Greece, etymology denotes that the word diamond comes from the Greek 'Adamas' meaning unconquerable, and so it is, as the hardest of all gemstones.
The birthstone for April, these jewels are believed to increase energy, detoxify the body from impurities, and bring you inner courage. In shades varying from colourless, pale yellow to green, red, pink and blue, diamonds are found in lots of colours across South Africa, Australia, as well as Namibia, Russia and China. The most prized, pure diamonds are colourless and all are composed entirely of carbon.
They are graded by the 4 C's, carat weight, colour, clarity and cut. Diamonds are faceted to display a unique combination of this adamantine lustre and fire, displaying a higher degree of dispersion than any other natural colourless gemstone. A high degree of skill is required to ensure precision, proportion, and precise facet edges, as well as sharp scintillation. A popular cut is round brilliant, with 57 well-proportioned facets to show off the optical effects of brilliance and dispersion, but there are other cuts including square, pear, marquise and oval.
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.