The Avonlea Jewelers Family

William Baxley | Jeweler

Whether by fate or by happenstance, William Baxley became involved in the jewelry industry in 2010 after being given the opportunity to study jewelry repair under the tutelage of a well-known local jeweler. In 2018, William’s clear vision focused on bringing a quality fine jewelry store to Lumberton Texas and to be the best jeweler in the industry. He immediately began to form quality relationships with key people in the jewelry industry, and discovered that by combining his strong work ethic, perseverance, and artistic vision, his dream would become a reality.

William has been accepted into the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), the leading jewelry school in the world, to achieve and attain a diploma of Graduate Gemologist. William is a GIA Certified Jewelry Professional, with focus in appraisal and repair. From 2020 to 2022, William was selected to attend the stone setting school at Stuller Incorporated, where he has completed coursework to attain the title of Master Stone Setter.

Most recently, Avonlea Jewelers was accepted as a member of the Retail Jewelers Organization and the American Gem Society, two of the most prestigious organizations in the industry.

William enriches the local area through involvement in non-profit organizations and Hardin County Rotary. By offering scholarships and inclusive events, Avonlea Jewelers stands out as a pillar in the community.

“I am William Baxley - Welcome to Avonlea Jewelers, Where Love Meets Luxury”

 

Emily H. | Assistant Manager

"Hi I’m Emily! I’m married and currently expecting my first child. I love music, Animal Crossing, and reading. I am currently earning my degree in elementary education and hope to give back to my community by teaching future little minds."

 

 Britni S. | Assistant Manager

Britni joined the team at Avonlea Jewelers in 2018, not long after the doors were opened. In 2020, she graduated from the Cultured Pearl Association of America as a Certified Pearl Specialist. Britni has trained in laser engraving and in minor jewelry repair to assist our jeweler. Britni is open to learning new techniques to better assist customers in designing the best piece of jewelry to meet their unique desires.

Britni is a loving wife and the proud mother of two amazing children. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, painting, literature, as well as hunting and camping with her family.

 

Rebecca J. | Engraving Specialist

In May of 2022, Rebecca earned a BS in Industrial Technology at Lamar University. In August of 2022, Rebecca went back to Lamar University to earn an MBA in Business Administration from the College of Business. She currently functions as a laser engraver technician and jewelry consultant at Avonlea Jewelers. When she is not in school or assisting with day-to-day operations at Avonlea, Rebecca enjoys time with her two children and husband. Rebecca is an enthusiastic learner who enjoys the pursuit of knowledge and the challenges work and school provide.

Rebecca is an avid Houston Astros fan who enjoys cooking, camping, traveling, and reading on her time off. Rebecca is always looking for new opportunities to learn more about history and try new recipes. She pursues many different adventures with her family while traveling across America with her son’s scout troop. 

 

Tracey B. | Graphic Artist

In 2011, Tracey earned a BFA in Graphic design at Lamar University. She excels in the realm of art and creativity and is responsible for much of the art found around Avonlea Jewelers, from the store’s logo to the paintings that adorn the walls within the establishment. Tracey also occasionally designs and creates sketches for custom jewelry pieces. She attended a course at Stuller Industries where she received formal training in creating jewelry within a Computer Assisted Design (CAD) program. Tracey also enrolled in online courses through the Cultured Pearl Association of America and attained the title of Pearl Specialist. She is responsible for the repair and restringing of pearl or bead jewelry brought into the store. Tracey also helps out around Avonlea in any other capacity required of her.

When Tracey is not working at Avonlea, she is a middle school art teacher, and she enjoys baking, fishing, and playing with all of her many animals.

 

Vashti S. | Jewelry Consultant

In 2004, Vashti received a BS in Psychology. She excels with customer service and is always ready to learn more. Vashti functions as a Jewelry Consultant and is looking to learn even more as time goes on. When not in the store, Vashti is the Director of Freedom Crusades School of Ministry, a mother of 5, a grandmother of 5, and a devoted daughter. She is actively seeking to learn more about The Kingdom of God and raise her children to honor God while honoring Him with everything she does.

 

Julie P. | Jewelry Consultant

"Hi! My name is Julie, and I am a Lamar University student in my 3rd year, studying education. I hope to inspire future minds and curate a love for learning through teaching. After I graduate with my bachelor’s, I plan to further my education by earning a master’s in counseling. My favorite verse is Isaiah 43:2. I love music, singing, reading, and art."