Meet The Team

Glenn's Mission:

Create a unique, satisfying, and rewarding jewelry store experience for all customers buying, selling or getting a loan on their jewelry - By consistently training, supporting and valuing our Team Members.

Glenn Hunter

Owner / CEO

Glenn’s passion has always been jewelry and he’s worked in the industry for over 40 years. Glenn envisioned opening a fine jewelry store, where people could purchase new or refurbished pre owned jewelry and also sell their own pieces, get jewelry repaired or get a helpful loan. He knew he had a good idea and founded Glenn’s Jewelry and Loans in 2000.


Glenn is a GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Gemologist and continues to attend classes and trade

seminars, learning about new fashions and state-of-the-art techniques. Of course, Glenn’s overflowing enthusiasm, experience and knowledge are carried over to his entire staff. With Glenn’s mentorship and careful instruction his staff preserves and improves upon Glenn’s Jewelry and Loans' high standards of jewelry services.​ Glenn’s wife, Linda Hunter, and daughters, Robin and Brenda, have owned and operated the prestigious Johannes Hunter Jewelers in Colorado Springs since 1988.

Nathan Gangestad

Store Manager

Nate has always had a passion for helping people to better their living situation or just putting a smile on their face. Nate started with Glenn's Jewelry and Loans as of March 2, 2015. He has been in retail management for 15 years including 10 of those in the gold buyers pawn industry specializing in jewelry. 

Certified in diamond grading through GIA. Nate loves finding the perfect piece of jewelry for your special occasions! Nate is originally from Cedar Rapids, IA and now has been living in Colorado Springs for 6 years this May. He enjoys spending time with his girlfriend Wendy and going to as many hockey games as possible. One of Nate's many passions is hiking with his dog, Archer, all over the beautiful state of Colorado.

Pinky Castaneda

Gold Star Sales Professional

For about twenty years, Pinky has worked in the jewelry services industry, and she has lived in Colorado Springs all her life. She's certified by GIA as an Accredited Jewelry Professional, and has been the Gold Star Sales Professional with Glenn’s Jewelry and Loans since 2001!​ However, Pinky’s intimate knowledge and experience with jewelry and watches goes well beyond any formal education. Repeat customers always ask for Pinky by name – remembering her warm and helpful attitude. Come on in to Glenn’s Jewelry and Loans today and let Pinky show you our great selection of diamond engagement rings!

Gayla L. Hansen

Professional Sales Associate

Gayla has been in the jewelry services industry for over 30 years, gaining experience from jewelers such as Bailey, Banks and Biddle, Argenzio Brothers, Johannes Hunter Jewelers and All That Glitters. She has accreditation through GIA for diamond grading, gemstones, pearls, and is still continuing her education by currently taking their sketch course. In her spare time, Gayla is an avid animal advocate with room in her heart for all creatures, big and small. Gayla looks forward to bringing her expertise to Glenn's and can't wait to help you find your next piece of jewelry! Ask her about our fine selection of diamond engagement rings!

Doug Franzen


Doug is our resident expert jeweler and Colorado Native. Doug has been repairing and restoring jewelry since 1981. He has worked at several local jewelry stores including, “All That Glitters” and “Luisa Graff”. Doug has a passion for his craft and is available to help with any jewelry repair or custom jewelry services.​ Doug is also an expert wax carver, which allows him to make your vision a reality. He will inspect your jewelry before he does any work to it and will let you know if there is anything else that should be done, either right away or in the near future, and give you a fair 

estimate. Since Doug enjoys what he does, he is proud of his work and will not call a piece finished until he is sure that it is the best it can be. Glenn’s guarantees his work and will not do anything he cannot guarantee. When Doug is not working on jewelry he enjoys collecting Antiques/Custom Cars. He is also involved with the Colorado Spring’s Bassett Hound Rescue.

Summer Connelly

Administrative / Sales Support

Summer moved to Colorado in early 2019 from the state of Virginia. She has also lived in California, Oregon and Washington State. She has been working in the administrative field for about 10 years now. She has about 5 years worth of sales experience with some of it being jewelry sales from Helzberg Diamonds. Summer also works as a part time activities assistant for a rehabilitation center. When she is not at work she enjoys hiking, shopping, cooking, watching T.V. at home and spending time with her cats.

Edward Sawchek

Web Administration / Customer Support

Edward grew up in Dayton, Ohio and learned how to operate a computer from an early age. He has always enjoyed learning new programs and using computers to make videos, graphics, and more. He has also been working as a self taught silversmith for 6 years and loves to learn about/collect colored gemstones. He just moved to Colorado in the summer of 2019 and has been spending his free time hiking and exploring the mountains. His other hobbies include running, going to the gym, reading, and playing music. 



Mon - Fri:    9:30am - 5:30pm

Saturday:      9:30am - 4:30pm

Sunday:        Closed






1505 N Academy Blvd

Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909

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