Meet the San Diego Jewelry Buyers Team
San Diego Jewelry Buyers’® (SDJB) staff members have over 50 years of combined experience as international jewelry dealers, jewelry designers, GIA Graduate gemologists, diamond cutters, and estate buyers. They are experienced, well trained, and knowledgeable. We pride ourselves on our team’s unique experiences and expertise and, most importantly, their commitment to providing best-in-class customer service.
Christa comes to San Diego Jewelry Buyers with a varied, yet extensive background in retail management. After a ten year career with Starbucks, Christa returned to school to pursue a Masters in Criminal Justice. Graduating in spring of 2013 Magna Cum Laude, Christa began working at SDJB in July of that year. Her background and education include areas of specialty such as Loss Prevention, Disaster Mitigation, Human Resources, Inventory Control and Asset Protection, Crime Control, Personnel Growth and Management, Profit and Loss, Maximizing Sales Opportunities, and New Business Ventures. Christa continues to challenge herself with learning new skills, and broadening her area of expertise.
Christa takes pride in the fact that she and her skilled team of buyers and sales staff deliver anR above-standard experience at San Diego Jewelry Buyers. She does her best on a daily basis to ensure that her team has everything they need in order to best serve you; whether you are buying or selling, she wants your experience to be above the rest!
Nichole Horne joined our team at San Diego Jewelry Buyers bringing a vast array of skills and talents. A native to San Diego, Nichole began her career in customer service at the tender age of 19 when she attained a license in Cosmetology. She began working as a hair stylist and then decided to move more toward the management of and business dealings within the salon industry, working in salons and day spas throughout San Diego, Beverly Hills and Las Vegas. After having her son, Nichole changed gears slightly and accepted a position as an Executive Assistant at one of the most formidable structural engineering firms in the country, and was an integral part of some of the most luxurious resorts, casinos and hotels that are located not only at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, but all over the world.
After a 7-years in Sin City, Nichole has moved back to sunny San Diego where she continues to apply her expertise in customer service and managerial positions. Driven and ambitious, Nichole’s willingness to learn and her desire to contribute to the overall satisfaction of customers and employees is what makes her a great member of our team. Currently enrolled at GIA, Nichole is working to obtain her certification in the Graduate Diamonds Program. She has always had a fascination for fine jewelry, continues to grow in the industry and is thrilled to apply her expertise as Office Administrator and Buyer here at San Diego Jewelry Buyers.
Estate Buyer, San Diego Jewelry Buyers
Alex is a native San Diegan who started his estate buying career at a very young age scouring estate sales, swap meets, and pawn shops. He was always looking for those “hidden treasures.” After high school, he left California to attend Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. There he studied Business Management with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship. While attending school, he used his buying experience to land a job at a local Jewelry & Loan. After six months he was promoted to store manager, a position he held for the next three years until he resigned in order to return to San Diego.
After returning to San Diego, and wanting to continue on his path as an Estate Buyer, he enrolled at the Gemological Institute of America to study diamonds and colored gemstones. Because of his estate buying experience and newly acquired diamond education, he was hired as a part-time Junior Estate Buyer at San Diego Jewelry Buyers. After just one month, he earned a promotion to a full-time Estate Buyer. His favorite items to evaluate are diamonds and high-end watches. You can still find him on the weekends at local estate sales and swap meets buying anything that catches his eye. Alex’s passion for this industry is derived from the idea of being a modern-age treasure hunter.
Buyer, Authentic Luxury Goods
Casey joined the San Diego Jewelry Buyers team in 2014 with extensive knowledge in the retail and fashion industry. She attended college at The Art Institute of Phoenix and earned a spot on the Dean’s Honor Roll for two of her three years. While attending college, Casey interned for a small shoe company and was able to experience all aspects of owning a small business. She graduated in 2012 with a BA in Fashion Marketing with direct experience with buying, assortment planning, styling, marketing strategies, visual merchandising, social media, and graphic design, entrepreneurship as well as trend forecasting. Before joining the team at SDJB, Casey had many years of retail experience specializing in Visual Standards, Customer Retention, Team Management, and Marketing Ventures.
Born in Colorado, Casey grew up with a love for art, music and implementing design principles in her every day life. Her love for music fueled her passion for all types of art and those who create it. Other than music and art, Casey loves basketball, football, reading as well as spending time with friends. She is always interested in lending a hand wherever needed and developing new, creative ideas as a team member of San Diego Jewelry Buyers.