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December 1, 2014

Moon & Lola

Even modern Southern women go for monograms. Just ask Kelly Shatat, a pharmacist-turned-jewelry designer. Shatat started Moon and Lola, a North Carolina-based jewelry and lifestyle brand, best known for its colorful acrylic monogram necklace and other personalized accessories.

The company: Founded in 2003 in Raleigh, N.C.

The name: Moon and Lola originated from nicknames, Shatat (aka Lola) and her best friend (Avis, aka Moon) used for each other in college.

The founder: The Raleigh native earned her pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She worked as a pharmaceutical sales rep and clinical pharmacist before she began designing and handcrafting her jewelry.

The main goods: Monogram necklaces ($48 and up) and earrings ($38 and up).

Other favorites: Statement mugs ($28) and pillows ($68)

Materials: Acrylic, 14 karat gold, gold filled, sterling silver

What’s popular: The original acrylic monogram necklace. Best-selling acrylic colors include: tortoise, blonde tortoise, hot pink, ebony, robin’s egg, turquoise and tiger’s eye.

Fun or unusual requests: Made custom brooches for a ladies flying club; a custom ladybug necklace in 14 karat for a grandfather; and special charms for tennis and golf tournaments.

Bridesmaids like: The monograms and the best-selling Lynbrook earrings in three sizes ($48 to $78). Also, the Preston charm bracelet ($68 to $84).

Where to buy: www.moonandlola.com. Also at several shops in the Atlanta-area, including Swoozie’s, 4285 Roswell Road) and Poppy’s of Atlanta, 56 E. Andrews Drive NW (poppysofatlanta.com). Check the website for other locations.

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