There’s something to be said about the fine jewelry pieces from Meadowlark, especially the gems that we’re currently coveting from The Love Cats collection. The New Zealand-based brand, admired by celebs such as Lorde and Rihanna, are known for their timeless pieces with an edgy cool aesthetic (think stars, skulls, and studs), filled with quality metals and precious stones made exclusively in Auckland.
Meadowlark was founded in 2006 by designers Claire Hammon and Greg Fromont, a married couple who both came from a creative background (graphic design and skate culture, respectively). The Love Cats collection was started three years ago and inspired by the couple’s rescued feline, Samuel, a stray cat that used to visit their house and slowly started staying overnight. “Two years later, he had an injury so we took him to the vet and realized he had actually just become our cat,” Hammon tells InStyle. Fun fact: He even modeled in Meadowlark’s lookbook (above)! Key pieces of the collection include the Cat Paw Pyramid Ring (below) and the Cat Ears Ring with stones. “When we were making our first rings, we would literally sit with Samuel and discuss the shape and curve of his ears. We worked hard on those pieces to get them perfect.”
With perfection in mind, each piece is carefully handcrafted and made to order from Hammon and Fromont’s workshop located in the heart of the city, surrounded by beautiful beaches just a few minutes from the Auckland Central Business District. Take a look through their website, and you’ll find plenty of styles and the option to select which metals you prefer, whether that may be sterling silver, gold, or platinum as well as the particular stones, which are sourced from all over the world.
The brand Meadowlark was named after writer Ambrose Bierce’s quote, “The strange metallic note of the meadow lark, suggesting the clashing of vibrant blades.” After coming across this quote, Hammon thought it expressed the things they were doing and planning to do in the future. With big ideas in mind, the designers of Meadowlark are always on the lookout for upcoming inspirations, with Samuel by their side, of course! “He’s the coolest cat we have ever met.”
Shop The Love Cats collection from Meadowlark (starting at $65) at meadowlarkjewellery.com.