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

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 9 years ago to beautiful Maui, Hawaii, where I started Fafaloha, a bohochic jewelry line.

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 silk cord.

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

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.

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


Mahalo nui loa,

Fabienne Mateo

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