matte was born from an appreciation for modern organic style rooted in a philosophy of slow and sustainable fashion.
We believe in quality over quantity, taking pride in the artisanship of jewelry making.
Our designs are handcrafted in small batches, using only natural and quality materials.
Carrie is the owner and designer of matte. From early on, she discovered a combined passion for science and art.
With a background in evolutionary biology, she explores her art through a unique lens - balancing the clean lines of modern geometry with the organic imperfection of nature.
Carrie sculpts and assembles all her pieces by hand in her home studio in Morris County, New Jersey. Her pieces reflect a modern and minimalist aesthetic that complements a variety of styles.
Explore more of Carrie's work at www.carrienorin.com.
Our pieces are either one of a kind designs, or crafted in small, limited batches.
We use all natural and high quality materials: porcelain, semi-precious stones, wood, sterling silver, 14k gold fill, and 14k solid gold.
Each porcelain piece is hand sculpted, gently sanded, carefully drilled, and kiln fired.
Hand cutting and sculpting create unique pieces that differ slightly from others in the series. Every piece of matte jewelry, therefore, is one of a kind.
Porcelain is a fine ceramic material, fired at very high temperatures, and known for its durability. Our unglazed (matte) porcelain is soft white or hand-tinted with minerals to achieve various colors like our signature matte black.
Semi-Precious Stones refer to natural minerals, rocks, or organic material used in jewelry. They span a range of colors, textures, and luster. We enjoy the stones on their own as well as pairing them with our porcelain pieces for a distinctive matte look.
Fine Metals are used in our designs: .925 Sterling Silver, 14k Gold Filled, and 14k Solid Gold components. Naturally hypoallergenic, the fine metals we source are always nickel and lead free.
Common Sense Jewelry Care
Keep your jewelry looking its best!
* Raw, unglazed porcelain may become darker over time as it is exposed to oils from your fingers, makeup on your face, or tarnish from sterling silver. Clean gently with mild soap and lukewarm water. Dry using a soft cloth.
* Sterling silver will naturally tarnish over time. A polishing cloth or silver cream can be used (many are porcelain safe; read the label before using on your jewelry).
* Store your jewelry in a closed container to prevent tarnishing and to protect the porcelain from accidental bumps and drops.
* Please remove your jewelry when sleeping, showering, swimming, and applying perfume or beauty products.