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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.