Tell us about yourself.
Hello!! I am Maribelle Campa, come and enjoy my creations. Everything you see in my shop has been made with lots of enthusiasm and love!! From engineering to metalsmithing, and the most important, motherhood, I have been growing into a very creative person. I have always loved making handmade items. As a teenager, I used to sew everything my sister and I wore. When my kids were born I crochet little booties, blankets and everything I could. Then I started gardening but couldn’t withstand the insects!! After being into home improvement for a while I decided it was time to make something that could make me feel and look pretty, not the house! It has been a couple of years of handmade jewelry and believe me: I love it! I enjoy it to the point that I went back to college and took courses on metals. What makes me so happy is the support I have receive from family and friends!! If you like something from my shop just let me know. To design, to create and to smile is my goal of everyday. Welcome to my shop, and lets forge that idea together!
Certified Bonafide Artisan
When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?
Soon after finishing my silversmith degree at the University of Puerto Rico I began searching for a venue where I could show my pieces to the world without having to go from fair to fair. At that time my kids were at very young ages and required lots of mommy’s attention and it was very difficult for me to attend long hours fairs. That is when browsing the starving artists chat room I found out about Etsy. More than ten years ago! I immediately opened an account and the rest is history!
Tell us a bit about your products.
I love to work with gold, silver, copper and gemstones. My original pieces involved subtle hammering, lots of movement and everlasting quality. From hammered hoops that will last a decade to unique rings with large gemstones.
What inspires your work?
My motivation is to create pieces for the modern woman who is on the run and needs to have jewelry that goes from casual to elegant with great quality. Love gemstones, pearls, turquoise, rough diamonds, everything. During the last couple of years I have resurrected my love for filigree! Creating pendants, earrings and rings that have awaken the local customers Spanish roots and their love for intricate filigree work including cameos!
What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?
I would love to keep working on filigree creating more intricate works of art! Our Spanish heritage is very rich and would be very proud to contribute to keep this for of art alive.
What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?
My shop is a one person shop where I Create, photograph, pack and ship, do the social networking, customer service, everything! I think people love to have special treatment and support small business more than ever! I am ready to make you custom order alive!
Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?
One of the things that allowed me to have my business going is to have my studio right at home. I am my own boss, decide my working hours and at the same time I am available for my family needs! It is been wonderful!
What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?
I have learned to be more organized and definitely to follow my passions always!
Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?
Start! Have clean good photos, detailed descriptions Start and do not be afraid. Maybe later your username will not be available!
When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?
I love to go to the beach! For inspiration, or just to relax! Happy and grateful to be an islander!
What is your favorite quote?
Smile! Keep on working!
Where can people find out more about your business?
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Follow your passions and smile!
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