San Antonio's Secret Treasure Chest
Cristina's Jewelry 2018 Fiesta Medal
Fiesta San Antonio is right around the corner! Our new medals are in and we love them!!! This year we thought we'd celebrate San Antonio's "Battle Of Flowers" and our big beautiful diamonds!
You can buy them for $8 (a percentage of the proceeds will go to The Brighton Center) or you can try and win one!
Look for Cristina's Jewelry on Facebook & Instagram to see how you can win one!
History Of The Fiesta Medal
It's hard to imagine Fiesta without Fiesta medals.These days, anyone and everyone can create their very own medal. Over the years, collectors have traded thousands.But how did this Fiesta craze begin? Experts say that the famed tokens date back to the 1920's thanks to King Antonio of the Texas Cavaliers."
There was actually a worn medal around the neck that was passed down by King Antonio," said James Benavdes, a communications specialist with the Institute of Texan Cultures, which holds one of the earliest known King Antonio medals, handed down to the new king each year."
In the 1960's, we found medals of military style that were hung on a uniform, a jacket that were for Fiesta Commissioners, for people who had official capacities with the commission," Benavides noted. Then, in 1971, King Antonio Charles Orsinger started to popularize the medals.
He gave out “Kings Coins,” just like we hand out medals today. "That year, Orsinger took his medal, punched a number of holes, and started giving them as gifts to his king's guard, to a couple of other Fiesta royalty that he visited with in his rounds," Benavides explained. "After that year, it all just took off."
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Tuesday - Friday 10-4
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Our retail showroom, family owned and operated since 1986 in San Antonio, Texas, is filled from wall to wall, and from floor to ceiling with precious merchandise. We have one of the largest fine jewelry inventories in town, and we specialize in vintage, artisan crafted, and estate jewelry. We strive to offer only excellently crafted and unique items that you'll have a hard time finding anywhere else in the world, much less in San Antonio. We have over 3,500 fine jewelry treasures in gold & silver in both new & vintage fashions including...
Arts & Crafts
Thank You San Antonio
We are proud to announce that we were selected as one of the top 19 jewelry stores in San Antonio (out of 313 surveyed) by expertise.com, an independent business evaluation company that uses proprietary software to grade and rank businesses across each city based on five judgement criteria... reputation, credibility, experience, availability, and professionalism.
We wish to express our deepest gratitude to the many thousands of loyal customers who have helped us to make this possible! We deeply value your trust in us, and we consider it our honor and privilege to help you with your needs.
We understand that loyalty must be diligently and consistently earned, and therefore we will continuously strive to provide San Antonio with the best value and customer service so that we may continue to deserve your trusted business.
The Secret Of Our Success
1) We sell fine, quality, and rare items at lower than wholesale prices.
2) We provide as much provenance on our highly collectible items as possible.
3) We strive to build strong relationships so customers become loyal, life-long customers that provide us our "word of mouth" advertising.
In fact, numerous times throughout the years, customers walking in to browse our jewelry have become very close family friends. We firmly believe that this extremely personal approach to assisting our customers is the key component to our success all these years. Whether this is your first visit, or you are a longtime loyal customer, we truly value your business.
* Low Overhead Allows TRUE Wholesale Prices
* Trusted San Antonio Family Business In Its 3rd Decade And 2nd Generation
* Thousands of Rare, One-Of-A-Kind Jewelry Treasures In Gold & Silver
* Thousands of Fine Quality Diamonds & Colored Gemstones
* Conservative, Accurate, Affordable Appraisals
* Professional, Experienced Bench Jeweler
* Flexible Layaway Programs Available On Purchases Over $150
Repair, Re-Style, or Re-Design Completely
If you have jewelry from past fashion trends that you no longer want to wear, it doesn't matter if it was your grandmothers in the 50's or you bought it in the 90's, don't be afraid to come in and let us help you customize the piece to make it fabulous once again and uniquely yours!
This is an excellent way to rejuvenate your jewelry box without breaking the bank. We have an abundance of experience customizing jewelry treasures since 1986. Whether you want to repair, renovate, restore, re-style, or completely re-design and entirely change one of your old pieces, here are some of the amazing things we can do for you.
- Switching Stones
- Plating White or Yellow Gold
- Re-Tipping Prongs
- Millegrain Beading
- Hand Etching
- Bezel Setting
While there are certain limitations based on the metals and/or the stones you wish to alter, let our expertise guide you in your efforts to give your fashion accessories a makeover. Consultation is free and our 2nd generation bench jeweler is amazing at transforming your old & tired piece into something vibrant & fabulous!
Mix & Match Heaven
Change It Up... Daily
Create the perfect look that is uniquely you with our beautiful collection of stackable rings!
Find colorful gemstone stack rings and sparkling diamond stack rings that will create extra layers of sparkle together. We currently have dozens of fun, colorful, glamorous, stackable rings in stock.
On a budget?
Stackable rings are a simple, logical solution as they allow for different metal & gemstone choices... or build your collection one ring at a time. We have new, pre-adored, vintage, retro, and even a few antique rings with magnificently intricate details & fine quality gemstones that allow you to express your individuality & creativity. Because you can mix and match and change it up so easily, there will never be a dull day. And the best part is, you can have this freedom to dynamically accessorize without breaking the bank.
Hundreds More to Choose From... Factory Direct
In addition to the many choices we have in stock, browse hundreds of customizable stackables made in the USA at saving up to 45%. Simply Click the images below.
(Discount only applicable if purchased in-store)
So Very Social...
We've always been very social here at Cristina's, in fact, we've had so many thousands of conversations here over the years, our wonderful customers have often joked about starting a "Cristina's Social Club". Naturally, we enjoy social media, and we love to share our pretties, so follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google+ for our latest news and photos.
A Note On Jewelry Advertising & Social Media
Although we love social media, we don't want our customers to be fooled by a great photograph. All too often we have seen sub-standard quality jewelry sold online because it had a fabulous professional photograph, emotionally evoking the "feeling" that served the agenda of the corporation selling it.
There is actually a science in advertising that deals with eliciting sentimentality. Have you ever noticed how often the jewelry in a "jewelry" advertisement takes a backseat to the model, or the "feeling" that the photograph evokes, and often barely even visible? This is not our method. We want you to know that you're buying the best value... that is, the finest piece of jewelry you desire within your personal budget.
While we work very hard to give you top quality photos to engage with on social media, we always recommend that you come in to visit with us, and to personally interact with the piece of jewelry firsthand. You need to get a feel for it, feel the weight of it, see how the colors of the stones interact in the real world, how it looks against your skin-tone, and not just under perfect photographic lighting.
Spotlight On A Treasure - The St. Remy Chalice
The chalice of St. Remigius is one of the most beautiful and treasured symbols of Christianity. For centuries, the St. Remy chalice has been preciously kept in the treasury of the Cathedral of Reims, and used during communion for the coronation ceremonies of numerous Kings of France. To learn more about this treasure, click on the image of the chalice or on the link below.
Sell Your Precious Jewelry, Gemstones, Fine Watches,
and Gold & Silver Coins
and Gold & Silver Coins
Generally speaking, we try to outbid what we think our competitors are willing to pay. This is part of our business model, pay more, sell for less, reduce the overhead...
We have a good general idea what our competitors are paying, so we try to win your business, even if we only outbid them by a small increment.
We check the precious metals commodities several times daily to assist us in doing so. Click here to see live metals prices refreshed every minute the market is open.
Check out some of our Google Review below to see for yourself what others have said about our purchase prices.
See what our customers have said about us on Google
See what our customers have said about us on Google
David C. ★★★★★
"I've been going here for around 15 years. Its where I go when I want a beautiful, unique piece of jewelry. Cristina's is family owned and run and the Garzas are extremely friendly, helpful and knowledgable. I would and have recommended Cristina's always."
Christian T. ★★★★★
"They pay top dollar for any scrap gold. They are so trustworthy and really knowledgeable. They believe in educating the customer. I won't go anywhere else. Thank you guys."
Guillermo H. ★★★★★
"Few names match the brand recognition Cristina's has built up over the years in San Antonio. Today's customers can get the same timeless style the company has been famous for since 1986, complete with their finest quality in jewelry, and exceptional prices."
Suzanne B. ★★★★★
"This is a great place to find wonderful treasures and great jewelry prices. They specialize in estate pieces and you can find anything you are looking for. They are a family owned and operated business and take care of each customer like family. We bought our wedding rings at Cristina's and saved half of what we would have spent at a regular retail jeweler. Since then we have returned several times for other pieces and are very happy with the friendly atmosphere and service."
Jeremy S. ★★★★★
"Definitely not like most jewelry stores. When you walk in you don't only see jewelry, but art and antique furniture, and heirloom type pieces...
They seem to also have unique and hard to find antique and vintage jewelry. Owners are very down to earth, it was a pleasure speaking with them, they answered all my questions. Will be coming back!"
Daphne R. ★★★★★
"Awesome jewelry and great staff. Enjoyed my experience and found everything I was looking for. Made my day. Thank you."
Dakota J. ★★★★★
"They resized my ring and made it one and fixed my prongs! I also had my ring back the same day. They are amazing and family owned. The owners are wonderful! And they are every well priced! I will go there for all of my jewlery needs and you should too."
Heidi L. ★★★★★
"Was pleasantly surprised by the store. Not just jewelry sales & repairs. Lots of vintage, China & Clocks & Hummels.They did a wonderful job on repairing my rings. There was a lot more damage to one of my rings; however, they did not charge me more than their original estimate.
Their customer service is outstanding. Definitely will give and recommend their business."