Jewellery from Meadowlark’s new Delphi collection. Images supplied.
Beloved jewellery brand Meadowlark recently released their new collection called Delphi which draws inspiration from the likes of Medusa. The range features an unexpected mix of shapes and ideas that weave together four unique stories to create a fascinating collection. Designers Claire Hammon and Greg Fromont were inspired by Ancient European jewellery, which itself borrowed from Egyptian and Grecian motifs, to offer protection and status to its wearer.
Delphi offers sophisticated, restrained pieces that feature luxurious pearls and fluid shapes. The designers returned to the story of Medusa and their preoccupation with serpents to create a fluid three dimensional serpent shape that is cleverly coiled. “We have played around with snakes since our very first collection,” says Hammon. “It felt like the right time to bring them back. They represent fertility, creative rebirth and dual meanings, which fits well with our own ethos of exploring both light and dark”.
Meadowlark continued to explore flowing shapes with the Clio pieces which feature freshwater pearls set into curving shapes that twist and turn. While the elegant Roma styles showcase long drops finished with pearls. The Ursa shapes are more masculine in style and have radiating sunbursts that are centred by gemstones. Hammon says these reflect a sense of introspection, “It’s all about centering and returning towards yourself for direction”.
One of Meadowlark’s strengths is taking different strands of inspiration and creating a collection that is cohesive, modern and very wearable. Each piece is still handcrafted in the brand’s Auckland atelier and are designed to last and be handed down. After all isn’t being unique always in style?