Let Us Tell You About Our Story

We were founded in the late 70s in Austin, Texas by Jesse Garza Jr., a coin, jewelry, & antique enthusiast with an entrepreneurial spirit.  We moved to San Antonio in 1986 to be closer to family.  Since then we have expanded both our knowledge & our inventory and we've become one of the most trusted names in unique heirloom quality treasures in Central Texas.  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!

Six Decades Of Customer Service

We're a small family business and we treat our customers like family. 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 you're buying, selling, repairing, or trading, we treat you right!

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. 

Our Mission

It's very simple.  We want you to be so happy with your purchase that you come back the next time you want something.  How do we do this?  We sell extremely fine quality, hand-crafted treasures, whether they're contemporary & new, or vintage estate.  We've been curating our collection for decades rather than selecting mass-produced items from a manufacturer's catalog, so rest assured,  whether you're traditional or trendsetting, you'll find something you love in our store, and the quality is top notch.




Who We Are

Margaret Smith Garza

"Meg" graduated from UT in 1970 with a degree in journalism.  If Jesse was the driving force, Meg was the glue that held it all together!  In charge of all "back of the house" office management, Meg effortlessly kept the ship running smoothly as Cristina's Jewelry grew. Besides her love of family. For over 35 years she was an important volunteer for the American Cancer Society, & was awarded ACS National Volunteer of the Year among many other awards. Meg enjoys spending time with her family (occasionally even outside of work) and researching historical archives to learn about her family heritage.

Jesse Garza Jr. 

R.I.P. (1933-2014)

After successfully running a small newspaper in Austin for many years and later a coin & jewelry store, the Garza family moved to San Antonio in 1986 and opened Cristina’s Coin & Jewelry. Since that day, 28 years ago, Mr. Garza was a staple of the local business community. Jesse was the driving force behind the success of Cristina’s. For those of you who never met him or didn’t know him well, his principle business philosophy was to treat people right! Jesse’s shoes were enormous and we have no illusions about filling them. But we will continue to conduct our business with the same principle… treating people right! 

Michael Quinn Garza

Since Jesse's passing, Mike has carried the torch of the retail & customer service aspects of Cristina's. Mike spent his entire life learning about the jewelry industry under the tutelage of his father, learning how to identify and grade gemstones at a very young age. He is a Central Catholic alumni, class of 1990, and has 2 degrees from UTSA, a BA in Humanities and an MA in Art History, both assist him in researching the provenance of the many treasures inside Cristina's walls. He also has a notable background as a competitive soccer player and has coached hundreds of young soccer players for clubs and schools over the last 18 years.

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.

We Buy From The Public

We've been buying 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. We have a good general idea what our competitors are paying, so we try to win your business.

Be wary of all the stores promising to pay the highest cash prices... they'll confuse you with complex calculations so that they're really only paying half of what they claim. We take the time to explain the calculations so 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 upside down and consequently we're more selective about our purchases. 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.

More Than Jewelry

When people walk in our store, they often wonder if they walked into a museum of fine objects because we have so many magnificent treasures from the numerous estates we've been privileged to buy from over the years. Have a look at some of our featured artwork & historical artifacts.

Diamonds & Gems

Let us educate you on international standard of diamond & colored gemstone grading, as established by the G.I.A. Using our own stones as examples, we explain the different grades and how they affect the value.  We want you to have the confidence to judge stones for yourself anywhere you look

Time Is Money

Cristina's loves quality timepieces, and we are always on the hunt to provide our beloved clients with the finest in attractive wrist-wear. Have a look at some of the amazing pre-adored watches we have available. Featuring Rolex, Omega, & others, our inventory is always changing but never fails to impress. 

Buy With Confidence

We research each of our precious items for sale, and include, to the best of our knowledge, the most accurate description including when available, historical information, provenance, and condition of item.

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 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 sales can possibly be arranged, dependent on shipping and customs regulations, and shipping prices 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 within 30 days of 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. 

5 Star Performance


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."

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."

GuillermoH ★★★★★

"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."

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...

Owners are very down to earth, it was a pleasure speaking with them, they answered all my questions. Will be coming back!"

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."

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."

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."

Daphne R. ★★★★★

"Awesome jewelry and great staff. Enjoyed my experience and found everything I was looking for. Made my day. Thank you."

Sarah D. ★★★★★    

"This place is one a one-of-a-kind San Antonio family business! The owners took the time to explain the history behind the jewelry and taught us a lot about how jewelers look at pieces. They really care about helping you find the piece that's right for you! Pricing was extremely fair and transparent. They have lovely jewelry and even better customer service! We'll be back!"

Anthony T.  ★★★★★   

"I am always amazed with how much I learn going to Cristina's and then to top it off I always feel I'm being treated ethically and with the utmost respect. Not to mention all the beautiful and truly unique items you can't find at the cracker jack box jewelry stores. If you're serious about getting what you pay for when buying jewelry, you should do yourself a favor and visit Cristina's."

Brandy W. ★★★★★

"Can't say enough about Cristina's! Mike and his Mom truly made it an enjoyable experience to find the perfect ring. After shopping at several other large jewelry stores in San Antonio, Christina's was recommended to me. Mike took extra time educating me on quality of stones, recommending different ring options and with zero sales pressure. It was like a family friend making sure I got what I wanted...and I couldn't have gotten a better deal anywhere in San Antonio. Highly recommend Christina's, you won't be disappointed. My 76 year old Mom has been doing business with them for 20 years and has always been a happy customer. Thanks Mike, and Mike's Mom, and Mike's cousin the artist😜, really appreciate you."

Carin M. ★★★★★

"If I could give more than 5 stars, I would. I brought in a family heirloom engagement ring with immense sentimental value to me knowing that it was in need of some repairs. Mike was incredibly informative and educational, taking me through the history of the diamonds in the ring, the age and style of the ring, and the process they would use to repair it properly. I trusted my gut and left the ring with them for repairs and an appraisal. When I received it back, it looked absolutely stunning. The prongs, along with some other damage, had been fully repaired and it has not lost any of the charm and beauty of the original 70+ year old ring. I cannot say enough wonderful things about them and I would not hesitate to return for any further jewelry repairs."

Mavanee B. ★★★★★

"I appreciate how comfortable Mike and his mother made me feel walking into their store and them knowing I was having to sell something that was very personal to me. I never once felt like they pressured a price on me and I would definitely recommend Cristina's to my friends and family. Thank you!"

Luana B. ★★★★★

"Cristina's is like Diners, Drive-ins and Dives on Food Network but for Collectibles & Jewelry. It's where the locals know to go because of the service you get from a second-generation, family-owned business. It's a hidden gem if you like antiquities. When you walk in you feel like you're a part of the family with their warmth, stories and genuine care for their visitors. When you leave, you leave as a customer for life because of their honesty, knowledge, fair price (for buyers), and above average offers (for sellers)."

Get in Touch

 (210) 342-3397


 5525 Blanco Rd. #105
    San Antonio, TX 78216

Because you deserve the opportunity to brighten your day with some shiny, sparkly, happiness, we're thrilled to announce that we are currently scheduling appointments.

Our primary concern during this challenging time is the safety and welfare of our beloved customers, so in order to provide a safe environment for you, we are only scheduling single customer appointments, we're providing complimentary hand sanitizer for your convenience, and we require that you wear facial coverings.

​Email info@cristinasjewelry.com to schedule an appointment.

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