Who We Are
A Family (First) Business
A Family (First) Business
1970 - 1986
San Jacinto Publishing Company and Aztec Coins & Jewelry
During the 1970's, Jesse Garza Jr. and his wife Meg owned and operated San Jacinto Publishing Company, a small company that published 3 weekly newspapers for South Austin residents, but Jesse was a numismatic enthusiast most of his life. While operating his newspaper, he closely watched gold and silver prices steadily climb throughout the decade. Due to the political and economic nature of the newspaper business, Jesse knew many influential community leaders in Austin, most of whom had interests in this burgeoning gold and silver market. During the late 70's, Jesse became one of South Austin's go-to guys for gold, silver, and coin brokering. These influential men would trust Jesse to find the right match to complete their desired transaction, whatever the amount may be, and in appreciation for his efforts, they would usually leave him a tip, in the form of some amount of gold and silver coins or jewelry. After about a year of doing this, he had accumulated enough merchandise from these tips to get out of the newspaper business and open Aztec Coins & Jewelry, named after Jesse's love for Mexican history. Together, Jesse and Meg worked diligently to build Aztec Coins and Jewelry to a successful business and it thrived in Austin for almost a decade.
San Antonio, Texas
1986 - Today
In 1986, due to a convergence of both family matters and economic opportunities, it became prudent to move the business from Austin to San Antonio, where they changed the name from Aztec Coins & Jewelry to Cristina's Coins & Jewelry, Inc. Since that time, Cristina's have expanded their inventory and knowledge base beyond the scope of numismatics and jewelry into the much larger estate realm. Because of this extensive background, the Garza family have become experts on most aspects of estate items including jewelry, collectibles, art, furniture, musical instruments, medallions and other historical memorabilia. The success of the Garza's family run business has been based on one fundamental principle, if you treat people right, they’ll keep coming back.
Jesse Garza passed away in November of 2014, but Cristina's continues to run on the same principles he instituted so that we may preserve his tradition and legacy, while simultaneously making old and new customers happy!
40 Years Of Business Experience & Word Of Mouth Advertising
The business philosophy of Cristina's Jewelry is very simple... to treat people right. This is because we're a small family business and we treat our customers as part of our community of family and friends. We don't just want to make the sale, we want to make you our customer for life. The only way to achieve this is to make you happy so that you'll come back! So whether we're selling to you, buying from you, trading with you, or repairing for you, we treat you the way you want to be treated.
This begs the question...
How can we pay you more for your items and sell ours to you for less and still remain profitable? The answer is simple, we keep our overhead low, our advertising is minimal, and we're not paying for premium retail real estate space. This way, we can pass the savings on to you!
Another way we've worked hard to keep our customers happy is by proving our trustworthiness year after year. We know that good news travels fast, but bad news travels faster, so we strive to make each transaction a positive one for our clientele and always keep 100% customer satisfaction our primary objective.
As part of our efforts to build lifelong customers, we offer a variety of services to assist our clients including...
Layaway Programs Available For Purchase Above $250.00
High End Watch Repair
Verbal & Written Jewelry Evaluation & Appraisals
We Buy Select Gold, Silver, Coins, Watches
We Buy From The Public
The Garza family has been buying pre-owned jewelry, gemstones, precious metals, and other valuables such as art and coins from the public for over 40 years. 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.
Don't trust all the new dozens of fly-by-night stores that are popping up on every street corner offering to pay the highest cash prices... they'll tell you they're paying one amount, and confuse you with complex calculations so that they're really only paying half of what they claim. We take the time to explain to you the correct calculations so that you understand them and this in turn allows you to have the confidence in knowing you were paid the most for your treasures!
Due to the current economic landscape, the supply & demand trends in jewelry are currently upside down and consequently, for the moment we are buying more far more selectively. At the moment, we are only buying gold & silver jewelry & coins. We are always looking to buy authentic, fine quality (gold, platinum, and silver) older pieces, specifically Victorian & Edwardian era pieces, Art Nouveau & Art Deco designs, pre-WWII era pieces, & pieces that feature Old Mine Cut or Old European Cut stones.
AT THIS TIME WE ARE NOT BUYING:
COSTUME JEWELRY, FURNITURE, FOREIGN OR ANTIQUE PAPER MONEY OR COINS - (UNLESS SILVER OR GOLD)
DECORATIVE CURIO FIGURINES OR COLLECTIBLES, ART
Please contact us with questions.
Professional Jewelry Repair & Customization
Our second-generation, professional jeweler has been working with us for almost 20 years and comes from a distinguished family of professional bench jewelers with nearly a century of combined experience.
He is an expert at setting stones, repairing, restructuring, or rebuilding gold, platinum, or silver jewelry, and custom modifications to enhance your precious items to your desire.
Because each jewelry item offers its own unique challenge, prices can not be given over the phone, and some repairs will take more time to complete, but with simple tasks such as basic ring-sizing, stone mounting, and soldering, work can often be completed within 72 hours.
Buy With Confidence
Four Decades of Customer Satisfaction
Cristina's Jewelry, owned and operated by the Garza family since 1986, is one of the most respected jewelry stores in San Antonio, with a reputation for selling high quality merchandise all the while providing unparalleled customer service. We carefully research each of our precious items for sale, and include, to the best of our knowledge, the most accurate description of our items for sale, including when available, historical information, provenance, and condition of item.
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We carefully and professionally package every sold item to avoid damage while in transit. Please EMAIL US with any and all questions or concerns before purchasing.
A written appraisal will be included with the purchase.
All jewelry items will be professionally buffed, polished, and/or steam-cleaned by an experienced bench jeweler before being shipped.
Please closely examine each photograph, as they are provided to visually supplement the description of the item. We strongly recommended that you carefully and completely read the product information before purchasing.
Free Domestic Shipping
Free shipping in the United States. International shipping rates will be determined by location. If you are outside the United States, please contact us prior to purchase, so that we can provide you with the most accurate shipping rates.
Return Policy For Internet Sales
You have 10 days from the time your package arrives to return your item for a full refund. All returned jewelry items must be in the same condition as was sent to you. No jewelry will be accepted for return if it is damaged, altered or worn. We also offer an exchange for store credit only within 30 days after purchase. All sales are final after 30 days.
Limited One Year Warranty With Each Item
We back each Cristina’s Jewelry item with a limited one-year warranty from the date of purchase. All of our items are carefully examined for damage/deterioration prior to being placed for sale, & to the extent necessary, are given maintenance and service by an experienced and professional bench jeweler and / or professional horologist / watch repair specialist. Please be mindful that our products are vintage and preowned, often with many decades of wear and use, and should be handled with care. Customary care is always necessary. Please click here to read the fine print.
FIVE STAR PERFORMANCE
See what our customers have said about us on Google
FIVE STAR PERFORMANCE
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."
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