"My name is Matta Nandrakwang, I was born and raised in Chiang Rai, the northernmost province in Thailand next to the border with Myanmar (Burma). I grew up appreciating this naturally beautiful area, home to rich and diverse cultures as well as many ancient ethnic tribes. Since the area is rich with gems and the main activity was their trade, I began to learn and develop a passion for the various gemstones.
"Ever since I was a young girl, I have been enamored with the hill tribe people's love of jewelry. I regularly saw people around me wearing jewelry. I recall seeing a hill tribe girl my age, seven at the time, wearing beautiful silver jewelry accessorizing her colorful costume. She had silver coins hanging around her face, more silver ornaments on her, as well as beautiful beads. I couldn't take my eyes off her! I don't remember exactly what I said to my father about her, but remember clearly that afterwards I got my first gold ring with a little blue star sapphire. I felt I was on top of the world.
"Years later, when living in Bangkok during my college years, and after working for four years in a public hospital after graduation, I realized that although I liked helping people, I could not see myself being a nurse for the rest of my life. I subsequently left Thailand to travel for two years, and came to the conclusion that what I really wanted to do, was to work with gems. Even then, in the West, people would ask, 'are you going to a party?' because I was always wearing jewelry. I love wearing nice things – I always have.
"My sister and I have always enjoyed visiting jewelry shops. We would buy what we could afford, and admire the higher price pieces. I realized I had much to learn about gems and jewelry, and decided to enroll in gemology school. There I learned all about gems and jewelry making. I learned on my own about bead-making. This passion is still with me after many years. I have opened my own studio now, and I derive great joy from sharing my enthusiasm and knowledge of gems and jewelry with my visitors."
I love Matta's choice of materials and color! The earrings are fun and beautiful!
Dear Matta, I just received your lovely ""Majestic Blue"" earrings. My sister recently had her ears pierced and since her birthday is in September, these Lapis Lazuli (September's birthstone) are perfect for her. I know she'll love them. Harriette
Elegant, three strand pearl necklace. Absolutely lovely!
Dear Matta, I love your Sea of Love pearl and garnet necklace. This is one of my favorite pieces. I was looking for a necklace to go with earrings I purchased from another artisan. However, the pearls I received on your Sea of Love necklace are more rose colored than white so they don't quite match. I still love the necklace but would love to see earrings to match. Thank you!
Love the earrings I purchased called Dawn Serenade - they are a little bigger than I expected but that's awesome! They are also more subtle in color than I expected which is also awesome! Thank you so much for the detail in these, they are super cute and I might wear them for my beach wedding :-)
Matta, Thank you for the Beautiful Pearl and Toumalinne Necklace ""Ivory Chrysanthemum"". My Wife Loved it. I Like your work very much. Have a Great Year. Sincerely, Glynn Carlyle California U S A
I love giving my grandmother jewelry from Novica. When I sent her one of your beautiful pearl necklaces, she wrote to me and said, ""I just opened your package and saw the most beautiful necklace I have ever seen."" Thank you!
I just received my peridot torsade necklace. It's gorgeous -- very substantial, a good weight, and beautiful stones and a clasp. I'm absolutely thrilled.
I've purchased Matta's onyx and amethyst ""Brilliant"" necklace. I'm so happy to have it in my collection! It's one of my favorites now. The quality is impeccable, and the design is simple yet impressive. It goes almost with anything I wear. Beautiful work, and amazing design! Thank you, Matta!
Just got my jade necklace ....so unique and its really a work of art.I love it ! Thanks Matta.
Your jade and pearl necklace is truly beautiful. The picture does not do it justice. Thank you so much for your work.
Matta is a great Artist The Pearl necklace ""Triple Halo"" is beautiful. Your service and caring was the greatest Please pass on my thanks to Matta for the great job she did in rushing to make my order. I definitely will be checking her for gifts in the future. Thanks again Harry Dunbar
I gave your ""Magic Mirror"" lapis earrings to my niece, and she wears them constantly.
Kenneth Loyal Smith
New York State USA
Hello Matta and anyone who would like to purchase from Matta: I love pearls and over the years have purchased only a few. I like pearls with ""character"" not the perfectly round and perfectly white types. The necklace I purchased from you Matta has blue and green tone pearls and they are irregular in shape. Absolutely gorgeous and perfectly unique. I could not be happier. I am saving money to purchase the pink pearl necklace next.
I purchased your Jade necklace for a Christmas gift in 2007, after seeing the expression on her face and how pretty it was I've decided to buy another today :) I love your work! Peace to you and your family, Michelle
I love my jade necklace and I have received many compliments on it. Thank you, Matta!
The pearl necklace is so beautiful... keep up the good job Matta! Everything was gracefully done, thank you a thousand times!
West Palm Beach, FL USA
My wife loves her pearl and peridot necklace!! thank you for an excellent well made product. Dave
I have just received the most beautiful pair of pearl and garnet earrings - Halo Light - crafted by Matta. I could not be happier. The quality and design of the earrings is impeccable.
Houston, TX USA
I purchased the ""Pink Plum"" earrings and necklace to wear with my wedding gown. They are just beautiful. I showed them to some of my colleagues and they are as impressed as I am. I can't wait to wear these on my wedding day and thereafter. Thanks for your vision, Matta!
I was proposed to with the ""snow princess"" pearl ring and it is really extremely beautiful! My now fiance and I are happy with how beautiful it is. It will definitely buy from Matta again.
Matta, the Red Berries earrings are beautiful. They are sweetly subtle until they catch the light, and then the garnet ""berries"" just catch fire. This is the type of earring that will get lots of wear. I'm looking forward to the pleasure of wearing them often! Thank you!
I adore Matta's ""Purity& Love"" pearl and jade necklace. It is beautifully crafted and simply eye-catching. I have several of Matta's pieces on my wishlist. Wonderful!
The earrings are exquisite, every bit as gorgeous as in the photo. I absolutely love them and have received many compliments on their beauty! Thank you for sending them so quickly and for taking such care with the packaging.
Dear Matta, You're one of my favorite designers. I love everything you do - great style and craftsmanship ! I'm sure I will be wearing your pearl earrings a lot. Thank you, Inguna
Bell Canyon, California USA
The necklace is truly beautiful. The first time I wore it, I received so many complements I was amazed. Thank you for creating such a unique work of art.
Dear Matta, Your ""Moon Drops"" necklace is beautiful! I bought it for a Christmas present, and the receiver is just going to love it. Thank you for making a necklace that is as beautiful as it is well-strung!
Denver, Colorado USA
Matta! THANK YOU! I love the necklace that I received - it is a work of art. I bought it to give to one of my bridesmaids in our wedding next month. You have a true talent, and I will definitely be making future purchases. I adore your art! Thank you! Best wishes, Jennie
I just received the most beautiful pair of jade earrings in a lovely gift box. They are so delicate and fine and I will enjoy wearing them for many years. Thank you for your fine work.
My husband was looking for something for our anniversary and I found this site. I can honestly say the pictures do not do the items justice. Everything was so much better then it looked. He bought me 4 necklaces by Matta and I have never been happier with one of his presents. They are beautiful and I love them.
I purchased Planets Aligned as a bridesmaid gift. The necklace is this cool wire. It was a big hit! Highly Recommended.
I just recieved my ""Pink Lemons"" pearl jewelry set. My wife is overwhelmed. The set is absolutely beautiful! They say ""a man with a happy wife is a happy man"" so I am very happy right now. Thanks So Much, Brian
I recently received the ""Touch of Live"" and ""Rotations"" necklaces. They are so delicate and feminine. With today's bulky styles for jewelry it was a pleasure to find these lovely pieces. they float around my neck and make me feel feminine again in this male dominated profession that I work in.
Dillon, Colorado, USA
I just received the most gorgeous necklace. Thank You Matta!!! The necklace is called Planets - Simple Rose Quartz and Garnet and it's a treasure. The cloth box this necklace came in was the icing on the cake! I will think of you and the craftmanship that went into this necklace everytime I wear or look at! You are truly a gifted artisan. Keep up the beautiful work and I'll be back to purchase more jewerly in the future! Blessings to you always, Kathleen
I am Cary's wife, Katharine. He gave me a pearl necklace and earrings which are truly beautiful! The precise crafting, and the elegant design are magnificent. I wear them every day and have had many comments on them Thank you, Matta!
Portland, Oregon, USA
Your Mook Yom necklace is even more elegant and lovely in person. It's just perfect. Thank you. Warmest regards, Christine
I am delighted with my exquisite ""Brilliant Mind"" necklace! The design is simple, but rich; subtle, yet eye-catching! I'm going to love wearing it often. I'm very pleased and once again, I highly recommend Matta's fabulous jewelry! Best wishes! Lori
Dear Matta: The tourmaline necklace that I received from you in absolutely gorgeous! The beautiful craftspersonship and attention to detail are outstanding. You are truly a gifted artist, and your work has brought a lot of joy to me and color to my wardrobe. Thanks for sharing your talents. All the best, Roxanne
Dear Matta, I am so pleased with the delicate ""Caviar"" Necklace I recently ordered. It's a lovely design and so meticulously crafted. I will enjoy wearing it! I am also thrilled with the ""Eastern Dream - Thailand Silver Pearl Necklace"" with the luxurious strands of dark gold tinted pearls and the gold spiral pendant. I love the way you finished it with a gold and white pearl ornament on the clasp. The finishing touches really set it apart. It's a gorgeous piece and a incredible value not often found at the jewelry stores! To all who are considering buying one of Matta's creations - BUY IT, You won't be disappointed! Thanks again! Sincerely Lori Reeves, USA
Dear Matta, The ""Pearl Lightened"" necklace I received today is absolutely GORGEOUS! It is perfect with my complexion and I am going to wear it a lot this summer! I love your composition and choice of stones! I hope you make some earrings and a bracelet to match! Beautiful work! Thank you so much!