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Rising Stars: Meet Rani Mae Reambonanza

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rani Mae Reambonanza.

Hi Rani, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I started out on December 18 of 2019 (almost a year ago). This being me creating an Instagram for selling and showcasing my jewelry. However, I began making earrings around November, really just experimenting and playing around with it. It wasn’t until friends and family encouraged me to start selling them. From there on, I had started to grow my platform to San Diego communities, then to California, then nationally, then internationally. The COVID-19 pandemic had allowed me to tap into more of my creative side. I became more comfortable with wire work. And finding that confidence is what attracted many audiences. I took advantage of social media and had people with large platforms notice me and gain a huge follower reach from them. I also used Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok to promote and market my work. Staying socially active and exercising my creative side is what brought me to where I am today.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I started out as my first year in college. I was still figuring out how to manage school and work. I had to learn when to prioritize my academic responsibilities and complete my orders before a deadline. However, because I wasn’t as business-oriented at first, school rarely got in the way of business. The pandemic gave me a lot of time to work on school and grow my business. I would say it’s much more difficult now that I have a website and a much larger customer base. There’s definitely a lot more pressure, especially since I have customers around the world. The creative block has also hindered me a lot lately. In October 2020, I accepted about 350 earring preorders I had to make along the way on top of my new collection dedicated to Filipino-American History month. It was extremely difficult to keep up with that workload, and after October, I hit a huge creative block. I was physically and mentally exhausted and had no ideas to give.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
RMR Jewelry essentially is inspired by the beauty of nature and culture– culture being a flexible term and not subject to ethnic culture. I create designs based on my experiences with the world and how I perceive it. I’m most known for my unique wire work. To me, it’s one thing to put charms and pieces together, but it’s another actually to execute your own ideas. For each collection, I always put meaning or message behind it, so people get to know me on a more personal level through my art. In today’s society, people are used to fast fashion and rarely ever take the time to appreciate art– this referring to clothes, jewelry, public places, etc. I hope to invoke that appreciation with my jewelry, knowing it’s handmade and created with intent.

Is there something surprising that you feel even people who know you might not know about?
I wouldn’t say I’m a professional in this field. Before RMR Jewelry, I wasn’t exactly known as an artist. I was always the type to be physically active. I used to be in martial arts, I was on a performance team for all of high school, and I played a sport. Even in middle school, my friends never struck me to be the artistic type. I’m also a more practical person. So when I started RMR Jewelry, it was a huge shock because it came out of nowhere.

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Lauren Bumatay John Gulpo

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