Chris has been making a living as a jeweler since he was nineteen (25 years...phew). In that time Chris also managed to attain a B.A. in Psychology along with his Graduate Gemologist degree. The last 14 years of his career has been right here in Asheville where for the first ten years he had a store north of downtown and the last three right in the heart of it. Even after a quarter century Chris remains excited about creating new and unique pieces of jewelry and still thrives on the inspiration his customers bring to the process.
When Chris is not working much of his time is spent home with his three boys (ages ten, eight and five) wrestling, playing and for the most part getting beat up. What little time is left will find him running the streets of Asheville or at Pure Pilates. Chris exercises in an effort to increase his ability to fend off his attacking children who quantifiably get bigger and stronger daily...as he does not.
With my love of handcrafted jewelry and art; Van Dyke Jewelry and Fine Craft is a perfect fit for me. My 30 year background in fine quality custom jewelry brings extensive knowledge of everything from metal work, gem stones,design to customer service. Expanding my awareness in other art and craft work is exciting and refreshing.
I landed in Asheville 3 years ago in search of a more relaxed life style set in a rural landscape. The mountains, community and art scene make Asheville the ideal place to call home.