So NOT a jewelry person, but… | Mateo jewelry review

My gold-plated hoops and vintage earrings might say otherwise, but…

I’m not a jewelry person.

Mateo Jewelry review

Sure, I’ll get a Tiffany bangle engraved for my mother as a Christmas gift or, along with my husband, surprise my sister with a Cartier Love bracelet after she officiated our wedding.

However, for me, personally?

Expensive jewelry is too stressful.

… like, I barely know how home insurance works — let alone jewelry insurance.

What I’m trying to say is that I don’t have a strong desire to amass loads of precious jewelry, but I do want fine jewelry to highlight my ~fine~ outfits.

Enter Mateo jewelry…

For comparison, you can find my Jennifer Fisher hoops review here and all of my Mejuri thoughts here.

Mateo Choker SIZING

My Mateo Beaded Choker (in Malachite) has a length of 15” with a 2” extension.

Mateo necklace sizing

With the extension you can change it so that it isn’t too much of a choker.

mateo malachite choker

… while the lobster closure and chain closure part are solid 14kt gold.

Mateo Earring SIZING

These Mateo One-Of-A-Kind 14kt Gold Baroque Pearl and Diamond earrings have a 30mm total length.

Mateo Earrings Review

A WOW piece that stands out and up against all other baroque pearl earrings on the market.

With no two pearls alike, these raw pearl earrings add a WOW factor like none other.


The first Jamaican-born CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist, Matthew Harris (Mateo’s designer) has his dedication for highlighting people’s outfits with his creations on full display.

They’re the type of jewelry that you know you would have seen on a brilliant display at Barneys.

A gleaming case with these glittering earrings on a charcoal canvas pedestal…

The mannequins lining the Madison avenue windows in jewel-toned Marni frocks and Mateo necklaces draped around their necks…

Marni SS 2008, Marni SS 2013, Mateo, Marni SS 2004, and Marni SS 2008; photos c/o Vogue and Mateo New York.

Can you see it? I can.

Mateo New York’s understated yet gleaming pieces add a literal shine to any imaginary or real outfit…

Mateo Jewelry Outfits

Left to Right: SLVRLAKE Beatnik jeans with a James Perse t-shirt, Kate Moss x Topshop jacket (c. 2014 redux), Repetto Camilles, and a Marc Jacobs Clutch; Vintage Ossie Clarke dress with Rag & Bone boots and a Chanel Classic Handbag; Dôen crochet dress with Repetto Cendrillons and The Row Ascot bag.


Shiny: Well, duh…
Convertible: Dress these jewels up or down — your style can only make them look even better.
Great gift: These arrive in pretty little presentation boxes that will delight any person who receives them… even if that person is you.

Mateo Baroque Pearl diamond earrings


At the end of the day, I’m still not totally the type of person who’d spend thousands of dollars on a single piece of jewelry.

But I am someone who’d spend a couple hundred dollars on a piece.

… especially if it’ll make my outfits shine a little brighter.

If that’s you too, then you can find Mateo’s jewelry at Matches Fashion, Mateo’s site, Net-A-Porter, Shopbop, and other retailers, from $160 USD.

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