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Hi! I’m Maria, the creator of Sunkissed Pinay.  My love for entrepreneurship grew slowly soon after I graduated college.  I grew up in the US but went to college in the Philippines at De La Salle University.  Before I came back to the US to work a regular job, I got into making simple bead jewelry!  I wanted to buy some dangle earrings and couldn’t find anything that I liked so my boyfriend at the time brought me to Quiapo to buy jewelry making supplies.  With some trial and error, I eventually learned how to make simple bead jewelry and started selling Swarovski and pearl bracelets to friends and family for a few months.

After going back to the states and working a regular 9-5 for a few years, I decided to buy supplies and make jewelry for myself again.  Being my overenthusiastic self, I purchased too much and decided to open up an eBay shop to “get rid” of stuff.  Nobody was buying my bead jewelry so I made hand bracelets or “slave bracelets” (sorry for the politically incorrect words!).  This helped me get rid of all the chain I had purchased.  They were so popular that I started taking my little business more seriously.

Making the hand bracelets became a bit tedious over time and I wanted to make jewelry that I was more passionate about.  This is when Sunkissed Pinay came to me.  I always loved the idea of representing my Filipino heritage but I wanted to wear something subtle and still wear girly outfits.  This is when I decided I should make Filipino pride jewelry!  With an investment and determination, I created Sunkissed Pinay!

Being able to connect with my customers because of our common interests was something I never experienced selling my old jewelry.  I’m so grateful for all my customers and I hope you all enjoy everything we offer!




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About the Owner Sunkissed Pinay

Maria Donato

At Sunkissed Pinay, we create stylish jewelry to help Filipinos represent their Pinoy and Pinay pride! Though we specialize in jewelry, we do offer other products such as clothing, hats, and enamel pins (coming soon!).

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