After discovering the beautifully delicate oyster shells on The Battery beach, Laura Reed decided to transform them into wearable art. Her use of the shells is a tribute to their natural beauty and the beauty of her new found home of Charleston, SC. "Margarite" was once used as another name for a pearl. "Marguerite" is a family name that she has always loved, and thought would be perfect to incorporate into her business name. "Margerite" is the blended result. "Motte" is a tribute to one of her dogs. He loves to jump and swim on The Battery beach, where she found all of the beautiful shells she makes into jewelry. "Motte" is a historic Charleston family name and is the name of her dog's father. Margerite & Motte is the perfect blend of her family, her dogs and her city.