Commissioning a bespoke piece is a highly personal experience, resulting in the creation of an heirloom to be passed down to future generations. From the first hand-drawn sketch, to the precious hand finished piece, each bespoke journey is a story of its own. At the beginning of a bespoke commission I like to spend time getting to know my client, discussing their likes, dislikes and getting to know their style. Following the initial meeting, I then spend some time in my studio, translating my clients personal story into lots of hand drawn sketches, while I work out the final perfect design.
I would be delighted to meet and discuss any ideas you have.
"Cassia conjured the dream for my daughters 21 st birthday. She sourced the perfect aquamarine, encased it in a simple
setting of 18ct gold and created something that draws gasps both nestling its box and adorning Sophie."
Tania Compton - Garden Designer
“Cassia was great at finding me some stones at the right grade, right shape and on budget; will be definitely back for more”
Andrew Nelstrop - Norfolk
GEMSTONES AND DIAMONDS
A wonderful way to spoil someone is to give them some gemstones, this could be their birthstone or just a favourite stone.
Cassia really enjoys hunting for gems and minerals and matching them to the clients brief.
Whether it is gemstones or precious minerals, she can find you any size, shape and quality.
If you would like to see some options that fit within your budget, please email me and I can send you some images and prices.
A GUIDE TO DIAMONDS - THE 4 C’S
The shape and proportions of a diamond are determined by its cut. Of all existing diamond shapes, the most recognised are the brilliant, oval, marquise, pear-shaped, heart-shaped, emerald and princess cuts.
A carat is a standard unit to measure the weight of a diamond. One carat equals 200 milligrams. This can be divided into points, where 0.75 carats = 75 points. A diamond’s value varies according to its number of carats and its rarity. Diamonds may equal in weight but vary in price due to the difference in quality. This means that a smaller diamond with a high carat weight may be more valuable than a large diamond with a lower clarity, colour or cut.
Diamonds are graded from D (colourless) to Z (light yellow). The closer a diamond is to colourless, the more extraordinary and rarer it is.
All diamonds have imperfections called inclusions. These are formed deep within the diamond and occur naturally.
Clarity refers to the presence, visibility, number and size of inclusions in a diamond and is graded from flawless to included.
A diamond will reach a higher level of clarity depending on the flaws seen under the loupe. A perfectly pure diamond is extremely rare, and priced accordingly.