I began my career in clock repair in 1985 through the clock and watch repair at Nashville Vo-Tech School in west Nashville. After completing the repair program I began working on clocks during my off time while I was working at the Nissan Plant in Smyrna. As I was working around jewelers I developed an interest in repairing jewelry and had them teach me everything they knew. I quickly transitioned to repairing jewelry as my primary focus while continuing to have a successful clock repair business in Franklin Tennessee.
During this time I realized working in a manufacturing plant was not my calling. I was encouraged, by several Firefighter friends, to apply for a job in the Columbia (Tennessee) Fire Department. After three years I moved to the Franklin Fire Department and served there until 2007.
During my time as a Firefighter from 1993 until 2007 I continued to build a successful jewelry repair business in Sparkman Jewelers on Main Street in Franklin. While at Sparkman I grew the business by doing repair work for Wal-Mart, Sam's Clubs, Sears, Diamond Outlet and Carlyle & Company as well as other stores in the Cool Springs Mall.
In 2009 my wife Terry and I moved to Chapel Hill and made Marshall County our home. I opened my jewelry repair shop inside Marshall-Williams Fine Jewelry and Apparel in Chapel Hill. As I grew to love the area I knew I wanted to plant permanent roots, which is why I opened Tillis Jewelry in 2010, on the Lewisburg Town Square.
My goal is to create a comfortable atmosphere for our clients to purchase affordable quality jewelry, provide the ability to design their own jewelry or trust their jewelry repairs are handled with the upmost care. I am here to serve the people in this area and to help revitalize the Lewisburg Town Square.
Please stop by to say hello. I am happy to help you with all of your jewelry needs.
Look forward to meeting you, Rick Tillis