Fred Burke, Jr.
Owner and Bench Jeweler
Fred began working in the jewelry industry at the age of 12. With diamond and colored stone certifications, Fred has been the head bench jeweler for over 35 years. He is the 2nd generation of Burkes and has led his store and community to amazing heights. Fred served as a President of the Chamber of Commerce, a board member for the Kilmarnock Museum and Downtown Kilmarnock Design Committee, and a Deacon at his church. Fred sets the standard for business and community leadership. He enjoys returning priceless pieces back to their original beauty and spending quality time with his family.
Owner and Designer
Karen has been married to the love of her life, Fred, since 1988. She is a Virginia native that followed her father’s footsteps into sales. Her passion is making others happy; and beautiful jewelry does just that! The Burkes family has grown, so, the most treasured moments are now made with her grandchildren, Fin and Pearl. Yet, a beloved pastime continues to be singing in her Praise and Worship band.
“One of my favorite things is creating an original piece for clients from treasures of their past: making something new and wonderful!” -Karen Burke
Justin is an artist and our resident third generation Burke. He is always thinking of the next big idea. A graphic designer, he enjoys creating the iconic billboards for our beautiful jewelry. Yet, his passion is ignited when designing one-of-a-kind jewelry that his customers will share for generations. Justin tours with his bluegrass band “JJ & Co.” He performs original songs in cities across the country, but always has his mind on The Northern Neck.
Jeweler and Designer
Melissa is a Bench Jeweler and Designer. She loves to create the next original line. Her first, “Bay Gems”, has been a local favorite! As a bench jeweler, Melissa can restore, redo and renew your jewelry. She loves seeing the smiles of happy customers, when her hard work comes to life. She loves spending time with her family and living on the waters of The Chesapeake Bay.
Jameson loves finding the perfect piece of jewelry or gift for his customers while providing a friendly, “hometown” shopping experience. He has a very good eye for detail and thrives on building a relationship with his customers. When he is not on the sales floor, Jameson is always staying busy: either training and riding horses, or, hanging out with his dog, Beau, and nephew, Jamie.
Repair and Service Specialist
Troy is a familiar face in our community. He has over 20 years of sales and customer service experience. Troy manages all repair and service requests, appraisals & inspections. His attention to detail is impeccable and his loyalty and dependability makes him the perfect fit for his position. When he’s not at Burkes, you can find him: riding in his Jeep, listening to U2, cooking on the grill and hanging out with his wife, Shelli, and their dogs, Alpine & Lady Bug.
Marketing & Social Media Specialist
Alison is our Social Media and Marketing Specialist. She is a 2012 graduate of Lancaster High School, who recently received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Virginia Commonwealth University. She was born and raised in Lancaster County and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Davis of Lancaster. Alison currently resides in Kilmarnock and in her spare time enjoys spending time on the water and being with friends and family.
Morgan is our assistant bench jeweler and sales associate. Currently, she is a junior at Northumberland High School, a member of several clubs: as well as, an active member of the Coan Baptist Youth Group and the Northumberland High Varsity Softball team. Morgan is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Wilson of Heathsville. “We’re happy to add Morgan to our team of hometown professionals. Her eagerness to learn, along with her spunk, has been a perfect match with our bunch here! Morgan is going to be a valuable asset to both Melissa and I in the workroom” said Fred Burke.