There are peacocks everywhere in India: decorating palaces in niches, as carriages and in wall paintings. So no wonder I was inspired to create a peacock brooch and earrings.
I always think the magical part of a feather is the ruffle, that subtle movement of the silken 'cloak' that covers birds of any feather. I was inspired too by a delicate peacock brooch given by Empress Eugenie to Princess Victoria Mary around 1893 where the interlocking barbs seemed to have a delicate ripple. In the workshop we recreated this effect by 'stringing' the diamond set barbs along the vane down the centre, allowing a little movement side to side. From the Journey to India.
Emerald derives from the term 'smaragdos', meaning 'green stone'. Emerald is the most precious gemstone in the beryl crystal group as a result of its incomparable green, caused by the presence of chromium. Only the finest emeralds are transparent, with most featuring inclusions, often in three phases; of gas, liquid and solid. Historically the finest emeralds were found in Colomnia and India, where one Maharajah was weighed in emeralds. It is also the birthstone for the month of May.
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.
One of the treasures of the Indian department at the V and A museum is a gold necklace of exquisitely carved seed pods. Cassandra's Indian marriage pendants are her own interpretation with deeply carved details. In Delhi, the Qut'b Minar's marble carvings there give rise to her own eponymous ring.