Meet the Team
A native of Elizabethton, Tennessee, Faye started her jewelry career in 1971 in the jewelry department in a Sterchi’s Furniture store in Johnson City, Tennessee. Quickly advancing into management, she has since managed jewelry stores ranging from a single independent store to a store in the worlds largest retail jewelry chain.
In 1997, Faye moved to Greeneville to manage the local Friedman’s Jewelers, where her store was consistently recognized for being one of the best managed stores in the Friedman’s chain, culminating with her earning the “Superior Performance Award” for her 100-store division. Along with business courses, Faye has completed diamond and gemology courses throughout her career, and is a certified diamondtologist and gemologist.
In 2000, Faye and Rick made one of their dreams a reality and opened their own store, Legacy Fine Jewelers. She been happily married to Rick since 1984 and is an active member of First Christian Church of Greeneville. Faye and Rick are avid Astro’s fans and you’ll see them at most home games.
Co-owner, Rick Barnes, (also known as “Faye’s husband”) entered the jewelry business in 1980, shortly after graduating from Western Kentucky University in his hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky.
After serving in management position for several years, Rick returned to school to study Jewelry Technology, where he learned jewelry repair and fabrication. Since 1995, Rick has operated an independent jewelry repair shop, doing wholesale jewelry work for various jewelry stores in Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Virginia. Rick is a certified gemologist, having completed several diamond and gemology courses over the years. “It’s humbling to know that the piece we sell today will probably be treasured for generations to come,” says Rick.
Tina Glidden was born in Princeton, Illinois, and joined us in June of 2011. She and her husband, Arthur, were married in 1996. Prior to moving to Chuckey in 2007, Tina and Arthur lived in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, where Tina spent 18 years working for Pinellas County. Tina has two sons, Ryan and Chayse. Ryan and his wife, Englan, currently live in Texas with their three children, while Chayse lives in Oklahoma.
Tina has proven herself to be a valuable asset to Legacy Fine Jewelers, with her natural friendliness and emphasis on customer service. She is an avid fan of Facebook and keeps the Legacy Fine Jewelers social page up to date. As always, you’ll enjoy your shopping experience with Tina or any of our friendly staff.
Legacy Fine Jewelers is proud to have Wanda Gwynne on their staff. Wanda has an extensive background in business, for years having co-owned with her husband a number of tanning salons around the East Tennessee area. A veteran of the jewelry business for 16 years, Wanda worked full-time as Assistant Manager for the Greeneville, Tennessee location of Friedman’s Jewelers. With her experience and friendly personality, Wanda is a valuable asset to the Legacy staff.
A native of Greeneville, Wanda and her husband, Danny, have a daughter, Pam, and granddaughter, Madison. Stop in today to say “hello”, and let her assist you with your special jewelry purchase.
Legacy Fine Jewelers is thrilled to welcome Ashleigh Beck to our team. After graduation, Ashleigh spent the next several years traveling the Nascar circuit, marketing Nascar merchandise. She left Nascar to pursue a career in cosmetology, graduating from Empire’s, The Hair Design School in Winston-Salem, NC. Although a licensed cosmetologist, Legacy was able to convince her to join them, and use her artistic and people skills in the jewelry business.
Ashleigh is the proud mother of Elizabeth, and the daughter of Jim and Margaret Ayers. She is also the sister of our own Savannah Ayers, who worked with us for several years before pursuing a career in phlebotomy.
Ashleigh says she is excited about the world of gemstones and jewelry, and has already proven to be a valuable asset to Legacy Fine Jewelers. She invites you to come in and let her help you with your jewelry selection.
Gail, otherwise known as Faye’s sister, joined the Legacy team just before their grand opening. Returning to East Tennessee after 23 years in the Dallas, Texas metroplex, Gail comes to Legacy Fine Jewelers, with a career in Marketing Communications, primarily in the telecommunications world. She brings a background in advertising computer layout and design and designs the Legacy brochures and flyers and many of the ads you see promoting Legacy. New to the world of sales, she has embraced this new career with enthusiasm. After six years she smiles and says, “I’ve never talked so much or enjoyed serving the customers at Legacy – it’s really fun!” Gail is a member of East Unaka Christian Church in Johnson City where she plays keyboard in the Praise Team and resides in Johnson City.