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If you're a southern girl who loves her pearls - then head over to Lucky Pearl Designs at The Mill in Lebanon.

Lucky Pearl Designs Owner Julie Grisham creates everything from simple-to-statement pearl pieces that can be dressed up or down.

"I don't use anything but leather and pearls to make the jewelry," said Grisham of the earthy elements. "I have a lot of metal allergies and don't like to use metals, except sterling silver on the earrings. I think the natural element of pearls and leather go together," she said. "You can wear our jewelry in a casual way with jeans and a T-shirt - or you can dress it up and be surprised by how elegant it can look."

Grisham started making jewelry over a year ago and moved into her space at The Mill this past summer.

"My family and I vacation on the Florida coast and we would buy this jewelry. I was looking at it one day and thought, 'This can't be that hard to make. We bought a pearl drill and some pearls and started experimenting," she said. "I think the pearls inspire one to do this."

Grisham uses freshwater, Tahitian and South Sea pearls in her designs - which range from earrings, to necklaces and bracelets.

She sold her designs in Nashville before opening a retail location in Lebanon. "We fell in love with The Mill. We like the atmosphere here," she added.

Each day Grisham is joined at work by her two Weimaraners, Harper and Atticus. Harper has become a great model for Lucky Pearl's next creation - dog collars.

"A lot of people who have seen her collar have been impressed with it and said they would buy that," she said. "I am hoping that we can keep expanding and exploring with new designs, like the dog collars."

Lucky Pearl Designs is a true family business for the Grishams. Her husband, Barry, drills the pearls and their three daughters model the designs.

Lucky Pearl pieces are also quite affordable. Pieces start in the $20-range and increase up to $200.

For more information on Lucky Pearl Designs, follow them on Facebook.

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