Mother of Two Takes Fashion into Her Own Hands

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Small Business of the Day: Lulu Rock

Who: Gina Lesperance, 28, @lulurockjewels

What: Handmade bracelets and crystal pendants

When: 2011

How: Lesperance, who works as an office manager by day, said she was inspired to create her own jewelry after being disappointed by what she found available in stores.

"I love fashion jewelry and all things sparkly," she said. "But I wasn't happy with what I saw in stores, or if I did find something, the prices would be outrageous."

The mother-of-two took a jewelry design class and decided to try her hand at selling her creations on the Web. She also joined the Artisan Group, and will be announcing a new line of pendants and bracelets with Swarovski Crystals this month.

Where: Chesterfield, Mich.

In her own words: "It's bold, and for someone who is really looking to make a statement," she said of her collection.

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