Severine reminds me of the gentle lapping of waves on the shores around the coastline of Scandinavia, swirling into eddies around pebbles. I love the caressing of the strong gold bands around the stone, like a big hug on a cold windswept day by the sea.
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.
Pleochroism is rare in gemstones and it is this quality that makes the blue colour of tanzanite (due to the presence of vanadium) so extraordinary. Tanzanite is trichroic- showing blue, purple and yellow in different directions of light- making the blue colour richer and deeper in the naked eye. But this blue colour that Cassandra so loves to design with, comes at a price because the stones are fragile and should be worn with great care. The birthstone for December- it is a reminder of those wintery moonlit nights.
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.
Pine cones and larch cones dangle like temptations from frosty branches. Finding their reflection at the water's edge before the snowfall. High seas and boats. Knots in ropes. Sails adrift in the wind. This voyage was a patchwork of inspirations of Scandanavia.