Tragically, Clyde Sr. died when he was only 46, Ann only 36. Ann Bailey had only one choice: “to keep on keepin’ on”. This motto propelled Ann to become the first female business owner/operator in Nash County. And while all the men in town had bets on when she would go out of business, Mama Ann says, “They didn’t know this girl!” Ann’s conviction and perseverance was fed early in life, one that started hard and only got worse. Her father died when she was 2, her mother soon followed. Ann was sent to Oxford Orphanage at the age of eight. Tragedy struck several times in her life, but she decided early on that hard work was the best remedy for hardship. With unflagging determination and the help of her family, she built a sparkling empire from scratch.
The love story continues with Clyde Jr. and Jane. The high school sweet hearts married at the age of 18. They soon moved to Los Angeles where Clyde pursued an education in gemology. Upon returning to Rocky Mount, the couple built on the strong foundation of trust and loyalty that Clyde’s parents had created. With big dreams and an even bigger work ethic, Clyde Jr. grew Bailey’s into one of the largest and most well-respected luxury jewelry stores in the country.
Family Tradition Continues
This epic love story has endured through the generations. Son Trey Bailey followed in his father’s footsteps when he enrolled at the Gemological Institute of America. While there, he met his soon-to-be wife Marci, a fellow gemology student and jewelry designer. After dating only a year they were married. Clyde Jr. says “Trey left to go learn about gems and he came home with one.”
Bailey’s is now in its third generation of family ownership. Trey and Marci Bailey along with their brother-in-law, Doug Morgan, continue the tradition of making Bailey’s Fine Jewelry North Carolina’s premier destination jewelry store.
Voted Best Jewelry Store- The Independent Weekly
Voted Best Place to Buy Your Diamond- Greenville Times
Voted Best Jewelry Store- Cary Magazine
Voted Best Place to Buy Your Bling- Midtown Magazine
Voted Best Place to Buy Designer Jewelry- Metro Magazine
Voted Best Place to Buy Pearls- Metro Magazine
Voted Best Place to Buy a Wedding Gift- Greenville Times
Voted Best Place to Buy a Watch- Metro Magazine
Voted Cool Store- InStore Magazine
Voted Best Place to Buy Your Wedding Rings- Metro Magazine
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