Born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the son of a seamstress, Matthew Harris discovered his true passion—the art of jewelry making—while living in New York City. When his eponymous brand formally launched in 2009, the focus was men’s jewelry. After a successful debut, a women’s capsule was introduced shortly thereafter. 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. Today the brand is worn by the brightest stars including Rihanna, Michelle Obama, Zendaya and Anne Hathaway. Notably, Mateo was selected by the Smithsonian Museum to be featured and sold at the African American Museum of Art and Culture in Washington D.C. in 2016, and the Hirshhorn Museum of Contemporary Art in 2017. The brand was a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist in 2017.