ABOUT LAUREL

Hello and thank you for visiting Designs by Laurel Leigh. I'm Laurel Gregory and I am a self-taught artist and jewelry designer who lives in Athens, GA with my husband of 19 years. I took a short hiatus from my professional Human Resources Management/Consulting career around the time my husband and I lost his mother, Marilyn, to cancer. I decided to try several new hobbies, during this time, which included drawing, painting and jewelry making. I opened an Etsy shop in 2016 and began selling my one of a kind hand painted Chinoiserie Blue Willow inspired Christmas ornaments. I started designing and making jewelry after purchasing a fabulous single strand of blue and white porcelain Chinese beads. 

Many things I create are inspired by my mother-in-law, who was a classic Southern lady, and our shared love for jewelry, blue and white decor and antique china. Friends, family members and designers began purchasing my work and now, my hobbies have turned into a second career. I still blush and giggle when people ask me what I do; it still feels funny to say that I am a Jewelry Designer after having a long career in human resources. I'm so humbled and honored that people want to buy my pieces and I pinch myself every day and feel so blessed to finally have the job of my dreams.

I have a flair for mixing unexpected patterns and materials and have been a trendsetter in Chinoiserie jewelry design. While Chinoiserie style is my signature, I offer many other on-trend and classic jewelry designs. Most of my original design pieces are one of a kind or small batch. I do not mass-produce my jewelry and want to provide my customers with fresh new designs that are unique and not found everywhere.

DbLL is a one-woman operation and is purposely small and independent. All original design items are sourced, designed, made, marketed, packaged and shipped by me. You can also shop with me on Etsy. Thank you for shopping small and allowing me to turn my creativity into my dream job. 

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