Chris-peteren-jewelry-repair-smallChris Petersen at Culpeper Gold and Jewelry


For the last 48 years Chris has been in the jewelry business.  Repairing watches, repairing jewelry, building new jewelry and especially the skilled art of restoring worn and tattered jewelry & watches back to life.  These are the talents that make Chris Petersen tick!

Today you will find him at 404 South Main Street in Culpeper.  He’s just as busy actively repairing watches and jewelry.  He also buys gold and silver, resells estate jewelry and fine resale jewelry, engagement rings and hard to find specialty jewelry.

And just for grins he also restores old pocket watches to their useful purpose of keeping time once again. You’ll find these for sale in his shop – and often a story or two to go with them.

If you’re looking for a beautiful piece of jewelry, an accurate appraisal of your gold and silver, or someone to repair your watch, Chris Petersen is the man to find.

Petersen comes from a long line of jewelers, starting with his grandfather Jorgen Petersen who brought his family’s watch repair business overseas from Rødding, Denmark. Jorgen’s skills gained him employment at Black, Starr & Frost, America’s first jeweler, in New York City during the roaring twenties. From these humble beginnings, the horology trade (watchmaking) was passed down from Petersen to Petersen. Chris became the youngest registered member of the Virginia Horological Society when he was just 17 years old.

Chris’ dedication to his trade led him to expand his knowledge to other specialties of jewelry. Employed at Glassner’s Jewelers as a young man, Chris worked with precious metals, diamonds and gemstones. He earned the title of Certified Diamontologist through the Diamond Council of America. He is also a GIA Graduate in diamond and colored stones.

He brought his family to Culpeper in 1976 to open Petersen Jewelers. A family business from the start, Petersen’s success was founded in the principles of good business, great customer service and the ever present knowledge that jewelry was personal and every customer had a jewelry story. And after 35 years, Chris happily retired in 2011.

But that is not the end of his story! Chris’ passion drew him out of retirement to return to his roots: jewelry, watchmaking and exceptional customer service. We invite you to to stop in our store at 404 S. Main Street. Stop in and say, “hi” to Chris. And share a jewelry story or two with Culpeper’s favorite jeweler.