Dr. Monica Lara is a Florida-based Ph.D., Marine Biologist & Owner of PhBeads — a mostly online jewelry vendor of unique pieces made exclusively by Dr. Lara. Her marine biology/geology background is evident in the unusual stones and settings she prefers. Lara also offers custom jewelry options, where you can select and create your own designs for everything from wedding bands to engagement rings, mother/daughter birthstone rings and everything in between. Even if you don’t have a specific idea in mind, Lara will help you figure out what you’re looking for and will produce sketches to help you visualize along the way. Her materials are ethically sourced and her style is down-to-earth while at the same time graceful and even a bit magical. Check out her work on Etsy.com or CustomMade.com.