Meet the jewellers
article byMeadowlark
Published Thu, 22 Apr 2021

At Meadowlark, we care about how our jewellery is being made and who is making it. From the beginning we have held importance in making to order, locally.

Meadowlark began with a jewellery bench in Claire and Greg’s bedroom where they would hand make every single piece to order. Almost 15 years later and these values still ring true.

Our aim has always been to create pieces that are meaningful and everlasting in both style and quality, that can be treasured for a lifetime and beyond, passed down through generations, holding sentimental value.

As Meadowlark grew, we needed our own team of jewellers to keep the dream alive and continue to produce beautiful pieces.

We now have a team of seven jewellers and two stone setters who are highly skilled and passionate in their work. Making to order allows us to support the New Zealand jewellery making industry by providing jobs to our amazing team.

Due to demand, there are a few styles we haven’t been able to make in New Zealand and we are currently working through traceability with this offshore supply. We believe being honest is more important than being perfect and we continually strive to offer you both accessible and traceable products where possible.

We’re proud of our team and to be predominantly made in New Zealand at our own atelier. Read though the q + a’s from some of the team and get to know the people behind your beautiful Meadowlark pieces.

Name: Nikki
Job title: Master Jeweller

Why did you decide to become a jeweller/get into making jewellery?
I enjoyed arts and design in high school and naturally wanted to do something creative.
What do you like most about making jewellery?
The physical aspect of being about to create something with your hands
Favourite piece of Meadowlark you’ve made recently:
0.5ct hex engagement no stones on the band. A take on meadowlark's larger hex engagement ring, such an iconic classic Meadowlark piece!

Name: Soo
Job title: Workshop Co-ordinator

Why did you decide to become a jeweller/get into making jewellery?
I’ve always been drawn to jewellery (I think my mums influence) and love how jewellery are like wearable stories.
What do you like most about making jewellery?
There is something really therapeutic about working with your hands and focusing on what’s just in front of you.
Favourite piece of Meadowlark you’ve made recently:
I’ve really enjoyed the new range pieces which requires slow and steady filing but that’s all I can say!

Name: Rory
Job title: Production Jeweller

Why did you decide to become a jeweller/get into making jewellery?
It was a natural progression from being the weird art kid in school, and a mag-pie.
What do you like most about making jewellery?
Getting lost in an art-zone flow, everything around you kind of falls away.
Favourite piece of Meadowlark you’ve made recently:
Large Vita drop pearl earrings, they're what I imagine mer-people wear.

Name: Lukas Sidikerskis
Job title: Sample jeweller

Why did you decide to become a jeweller/get into making jewellery?
During my time at university we took part in a jewellery workshop and it was at that point I fell in love with sitting at the bench being surrounded by hundreds of different tools. After that I spent every free moment I had learning how to make jewellery.
What do you like most about making jewellery?
Working with your hands instead of looking at screen seems like a pretty good deal these days
Favourite piece of Meadowlark you’ve made recently:
18ct white gold Monroe ring with morganites and white diamonds

Name: Madeline
Job title: Production Jeweller

Why did you decide to become a jeweller/get into making jewellery? I have always loved jewellery and appreciated design, so the decision to delve further into it when the opportunity came up was a no-brainer for me.
What do you like most about making jewellery? The feeling of having made something beautiful from scratch, and also knowing you've made something that someone else is going to enjoy forever.
Favourite piece of Meadowlark you’ve made recently: That would have to be the Hex Engagement ring I made for my sister-in-law!