Luna & Stella – moon and star in Italian – is all about celebrating relationships. “People are simply drawn to the idea of a product that symbolizes their relationships, their connections,” says Suzanne Ellis Wernevi, founder and creative force behind this wildly popular and successful line of contemporary birthstone jewelry. She uses precious and semi-precious birthstones in her designs to represent the important people in one’s life. And the piece can evolve over time – you just add more birthstones to an existing piece for any of life’s big moments. “I like the permanence of jewelry. A lot of fashion has become disposable and I wanted to work with something that endures.” Luna & Stella’s recently-launched Hope Anchor Charm Necklace is inspired by the anchor on the Rhode Island state flag. Suzanne is totally optimistic about the future of the business. “Rhode Island is just right in terms of design, manufacturing and business resources – from casting and plating to design and marketing.” See more photos.