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.
In 1997, Faye moved to Greeneville to manage the local Friedman’s Jewelers, where her store was consistently recognized for being one of the region’s best and ultimately culminating with her earning the “Superior Performance Award” for her 100-store division. Faye has completed diamond and gemology courses throughout her career, and is a certified diamontologist and gemologist. In 2008, Faye and Rick made one of their dreams a reality and opened their own store, Legacy Fine Jewelers.
Since arriving in Greeneville, Faye has been an active member of First Christian Church of Greeneville. Since Rick’s illness in the Fall of 2019, Faye can add “Caregiver” to her resume. While you may still find Faye at the store intermittently, her focus now is on her husband, who requires constant oversight.”
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.
Due to a respiratory illness, Rick has been in forced retirement, unable to speak, and requiring 24hr/day oversight since 2019. Rick greatly misses the friends he has made through Legacy Fine Jewelers.
Tina Glidden was born in Princeton, Illinois, and joined Legacy Fine Jewelers 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 currently lives in Texas with his 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 over 20 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.
A native of Elizabethton, Tennessee, Gail (better known as Faye’s sister), started her jewelry career in 2008 after moving back to East Tennessee having lived in the Dallas Metroplex for 23 years. She took to the jewelry business like a duck to water and in the last 13 years has gone in and out of retirement as needed. Her background in Marketing Communications in the telecom industry lends itself to graphic layout and design. She prepares most of the advertisements and brochures for Legacy.
When not selling jewelry, you’ll find Gail working as Music Director at East Unaka Christian Church in Johnson City and hosting a small group Bible study in her home. She loves reading and cooking and has been known to decorate and/or cater small events.
Stop by and say hello, she looks forward to helping you choose that “special” item.
Rebecca is an eighth-generation California and has now been a Tennessean for six years. She is the mother of twin girls and a son, and they have kept her busy for the last five years while she was raising them. Since starting at Legacy, her love of jewelry has been reignited. Rebecca’s mother owned a metal casting company, so she feels right at home with us!