Our Story

There’s something about the life here in the Northern Neck of Virginia. Maybe it’s the water. We’re on a beautiful peninsula flanked by the shimmering waters of the Rappahannock River, the Potomac River, and the Chesapeake Bay. Or maybe it’s the people – kind and generous, with a tenacious spirit that comes from living on the cusp of land and water.

Whatever it is, people fall in love with the region and want to stay here, or at least return as often as they can. We chose to stay.

Dorothy and Fred Burke, Sr. opened the doors to Burkes Fine Jewelers in 1969. From there, they built a flourishing business on simple values: good old-fashioned service, superior craftsmanship, and lasting friendships.

Eighteen years later, a second generation of Burkes Jewelers began when we met on a blind date and fell in love. We didn’t just fall in love with each other: we fell in love with the area, the people, and the jewelry business. Soon after, we married and took over the business and began a family tradition.

Our son, Justin, and his wife, Melissa, returned home to start their family and have joined the business. With their creative skills and modern technique, we envision more wonderful creations and unique designs to come.

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Justin Burke, Melissa Burke, Karen Burke, Fred Burke Jr.

Justin Burke, Melissa Burke, Karen Burke, Fred Burke Jr.

Over the years, we’ve come to see that jewelry is more than an accessory. It symbolizes our deepest loves and those timeless moments that reconnect us to our soul. Our collections embody a love for the land, the waters, and the traditions of the Northern Neck.

Whether you’re looking for a diamond engagement ring or a piece of fine jewelry, such as one of our Northern Neck Knot, we’d love to help you. Please, take a moment to browse our galleries. If you have the opportunity, we’d love for you to stop by the store.

We truly hope you enjoy our collections and wish you all the happiness and good health this life can offer!

Karen and Fred Burke, Jr.

I fell in love with Burkes Fine Jewelers the first time I stepped in the door. I love their unique jewelry. Their nautical pieces are fabulous. My first Burkes purchase was a Bay Bangle and I still wear it almost every day. I love that they take the time to truly know their customers’ taste and interests. They always exceed my expectations.
— Sherry Barlow, Dunnsville, Virginia