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Published Sun, 15 May 2022
The story behind the Hex Engagement Ring

Designed to celebrate love, each ring in our Ceremonial collection is made-to-order, especially for you in our Auckland atelier.

One of our most beloved styles, the Hex Engagement Ring was first released in 2013 and since then, has become a Meadowlark icon. An approximate 0.82ct round brilliant stone is surrounded by a hexagon halo of 1mm diamonds with a fine band pavé set to halfway. “Back then we had hexagon shaped boxes – so it felt very Meadowlark to bring in this shape to an engagement ring,” says Claire Hammon, our Creative Director. “I think it’s the simple, timeless form that continues to draw people to the design and the stone options we offer make each one feel unique.”

The process of designing and making their own wedding rings inspired our designers, Claire Hammon & Greg Fromont to release a collection of Ceremonial rings in 2013.

Discover the process behind the iconic Hex Engagement Ring…

(Left) Applying claws to the setting. (Right) Filing the band.

To begin, Lukas, our Sample Jeweller cuts six pieces of metal wire for claws and solders (joins) these to the setting. He then moves on to tidying up the band to prepare it for soldering.

(Left) Sizing on a ring bar. (Right) Stamping the logo & metal type.

Next, to increase the size of the band, it is hammered down a mandrel. Then the interior of the band is ready to be stamped with the ‘MLK’ logo and ‘9ct’ stamp.

(Left) Clipping claws. (Right) Checking the fit of the setting on the band.

Before soldering the setting to the band, Lukas finishes off the setting by clipping the claws to a uniform length (these hold the centre stone in place). He then sands and files the base to ensure it fits snugly on top of the band.

(Left) A final polish. (Right) Ready for our Stone Setter, Simon.

After soldering the setting to the band, Lukas does a final polish before passing the Hex Engagement Ring on to our in-house Stone Setter, Simon for diamond setting.

(Left) Counting diamonds. (Right) Preparing the setting.

43 diamonds are required for the Hex Engagement Ring, including one centre stone and 42 surrounding diamonds. First, Simon prepares the shoulder setting, creating an indent for the small diamonds to sit snugly between the beads (raised grains of metal to hold the shoulder stones in place).

(Left) Shoulder diamonds in place. (Right) Bright cutting.

Next, Simon places the diamonds down one shoulder (side of the band), ensuring the ‘table’ or top of each diamond is sitting flat and aligned, before pushing the beads over each stone. To finish the shoulder setting, Simon ‘beads’ the ends of each claw to get a ‘ball’ finish and then ‘bright cuts’ along each side of the setting to give a polished look.

(Left) Clipping centre stone claws. (Right) Final polish.

After setting the hexagon halo of diamonds, it’s time to set the centre stone. Once set, Simon finishes the claws holding the centre stone in place – clipping and filing the edges. To finish, Simon does a final polish and clean. The Hex Engagement Ring is now ready to go to its new home!

It's an honour to be a part of your love story, designing forever pieces for you and your beloved.⁠ Discover our Ceremonial collection here x

Hex Engagement Ring in 9ct Yellow Gold with Black & White Diamonds.
Photography by The Lane.