Meet the designer

Tell us about yourself and how you came to be a jewelry designer.

My mother was a seamstress, so I grew up with creative at my finger tips. I became a jewelry designer honestly by accident. It was truly a selfish desire to make pieces for myself. I could not find great men’s jewelry. I started going to the jewelry district in New York City where I started asking questions and learning the craft. Rihanna wore a piece and then suddenly retailers where asking for a full collection.

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What is your creative process? Walk us through each stage - from coming up with ideas/themes/concepts you want to explore, to translating that into an artistic vision, to creating the physical pieces and collections.

I don’t do mood boards. My creative process always start with looking at modern art, but I could be on the subway and see a woman heading to work and be inspired. A sketch is then conceived. I sketch on anything from a napkin to my notepad on my iPhone. Designing jewelry is such a beautiful and magical process. I love how a simple sketch can be transformed into something so precious.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

I am inspired by modern and contemporary art. Some of my favorites include: Alexander Calder, Wassily Kandinsky, Xavier Veilhan to name a few. My ultimate it goal is make great personal jewelry, pieces to be worn on a daily basis. I don’t believe in making jewelry for only special occasions. I am truly inspired by the aesthetic of simplicity and minimalism. It’s the way I live my life.

Who is the Mateo woman?

The Mateo woman is truly an individual. She is strong, independent, intelligent, and has her own personal style. She does not follow trends. I believe she is today’s modern woman.

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What is your daily jewelry uniform?

There are just pieces that I never take off. I love our diamond huggies with pearl drops. I almost never take them off. Only the drop I will remove based on my mood or outfit.

What is the most sentimental piece of jewelry you own?

I am a true romantic and bit dramatic, so after every break up, I get a piece of jewelry. Those are quite sentimental. It represents a new beginning/chapter.

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Mateo - Single Pearl Drop Earrings

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Single Pearl Drop Earrings

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Mateo - Floating Pearl Jacket Earrings

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Floating Pearl Jacket Earrings

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Mateo - Duo Pearl and Diamond Ring - Size 7.5

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Duo Pearl and Diamond Ring - Size 7.5

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Mateo - Duo Pearl and Diamond Ring - Size 7

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Duo Pearl and Diamond Ring - Size 7

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Mateo - Duo Pearl and Diamond Ring - Size 6

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Duo Pearl and Diamond Ring - Size 6

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Mateo - Emerald Cut Ring (Morganite) -7

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Emerald Cut Ring (Morganite) -7

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Mateo - Emerald Cut Ring (Morganite) -6

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Emerald Cut Ring (Morganite) -6

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Mateo - Emerald Cut Aquamarine Ring - 7.5

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Emerald Cut Aquamarine Ring - 7.5

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Mateo - Emerald Cut Aquamarine Ring - 6.5

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Emerald Cut Aquamarine Ring - 6.5

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Mateo - Half Moon Pendant Necklace with Diamonds - Small

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Half Moon Pendant Necklace with Diamonds - Small

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Mateo - Circ du Lariat Pearl With Diamonds Necklace

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Circ du Lariat Pearl With Diamonds Necklace

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Mateo - Half Moon Pearl Earrings

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Half Moon Pearl Earrings

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Mateo - Small Pearl Dot Hoops

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Small Pearl Dot Hoops

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Mateo - Pearl Droplet Anklet

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Pearl Droplet Anklet

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Mateo - Delicate Pearl Necklace

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Delicate Pearl Necklace

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Mateo -  Yellow Gold Diamond and Pearl Bypass Earrings

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Yellow Gold Diamond and Pearl Bypass Earrings

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Mateo -  Gold Simple Pearl and Diamond Necklace - Small

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Gold Simple Pearl and Diamond Necklace - Small

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Mateo - Malachite and Diamond Necklace

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Malachite and Diamond Necklace

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Mateo - Bypass Ring - 6.5

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Bypass Ring - 6.5

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Mateo - Pearl and Diamond Chain Bracelet

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Pearl and Diamond Chain Bracelet

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Mateo - Bypass Ring - Size 8.5

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Bypass Ring - Size 8.5

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Mateo - Bypass Ring Size 7.5

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Bypass Ring Size 7.5