I was born in Belgium where I studied Art Painting in Ghent and Fashion Design at the famous Antwerp Academy of Fine Arts.

As a free spirit and adventurous traveller I moved to the Caribbean where I lived 13 years in St Barth.

Hungry for new horizons, I came 8 years ago to beautiful Maui, Hawaii, where I started Fafaloha, a bohochic jewelry line of Tahitian pearls.

My designs are inspired by my travels around the globe and my love for the ocean.

Tahitian pearls and fresh water pearls are all hand-drilled by myself, strung and knotted on the best quality of supple and durable Australian leather and water resistant nylon cord.

I like to combine every shape and size of pearl, from baroque, round, drops in various qualities and in a full spectrum of colors.

Sometimes I marry these beautiful and lustrous ocean gems with Czech glass, African sea glass, Olive wood beads, Amazonite, vintage coins. I enjoy creating jewelry with no fear for imperfection, irregularity and asymmetry. The result is a one-of-a-kind handcrafted piece that will transport your heart and soul right to the ocean.

Custom orders are welcome!

I hope you enjoy wearing my jewelry as much I enjoy making it.


Mahalo nui loa,

Fabienne Mateo