Born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the son of a seamstress, Matthew Harris (a.k.a. Mateo) discovered his true passion — the art of jewelry making — while living in New York City. As a self-taught designer, Mateo spent his days in the notoriously complex Jewelry District soaking up an education while honing and perfecting his craft.

When his eponymous brand formally launched in 2009, the focus was men’s jewelry, the first collection taking inspiration from the concept of a working man’s toolbox. After a successful debut, a women’s capsule was introduced shortly thereafter.

After five years of defining a clear design direction, MATEO refocused solely as a women’s fine jewelry collection in 2014, converging on an aesthetic of simplicity and minimalism and always aiming to create modern art for the modern woman at affordable prices. Each piece is made from 14-karat gold with diamond and precious gemstone accents.

Today the brand is sold in some of the most discerning retailers worldwide, consistently featured in renowned fashion publications, and worn by today’s biggest names including Rihanna, Michelle Obama, Zendaya and Anne Hathaway.