Owner, Kris Higgins, Certified Gemologist and an Appraiser has owned and operated Jewelry by KarlaKristine since 1984. Kris takes pride in her work and is committed to providing the best quality work. 

 Do you know the difference between a Gemologist and an Appraiser?  A gemologist has been trained to grade all gemstones and diamonds. An appraiser does market research and values the jewelry items with legal documents. This could be for purpose of insurance, estate or, divorce. Each has its own requirements.  A jewelry appraiser is both a gemologist and an appraiser. A  trained appraiser has both the knowledge of the jewelry industry along with the training in jewelry manufacturing. 

Professional and personal experience:

Certified by the Gem Institute of America in: Pearls, Diamonds, Diamond Grading, and Insurance replacement.

Certified in Gemologist: Mineral and Gem Society of San Diego.

In 1993 Co-founder of the San Diego Chapter of the Women's Jewelry Association. Past president and Historian of WJA San Diego Chapter. Past National board member of the WJA. Past National New Chapter Chairperson, position consisted of opening new chapters throughout the United States (authored a handbook on new chapter development).

Co-founder of South of Broadway, a networking group of women owned business South of Broadway in downtown San Diego.

Founder of an investment club, "Women in Money". A group of ladies educating themselves in the stock market and investments.

Author a monthly column for a local San Diego magazine called, "Stone of the month".

Past secretary, of the Fashion Group International, a global non-profit professional organization.

Lecturer at various business groups and Colleges. Career counselor in San Diego, and New York for the Gem Institute of America. Counselor for the Jenna Druck Foundation and Mesa College in San Diego.

A Judge at the nationally recognized Diva Awards, a nation jewelry design contest.


Mineral and Gem Society, received a Certificate in Gemology. Certified in Diamonds, Diamond grading, Pearls and Insurance replacement (with honors) from the Gem Institute of America.  

Licensed Nurse, Retired after a 23 year career. I worked the Neuro surgical unit for 12 years at Mercy Hospital. I continue to keep and active license.

Past member of the Flying Samaritans. Volunteered for 9 years as assistant coordinator. A Medical group of volunteer doctors and nurses who worked in a medical clinic in Mexico. 


Finalist in 2001 "Women Who Mean Business" for the San Diego Business Journal. 

Awarded the Flying Samaritan of the year. 

Honored for Service at Mama"s Kitchen

Certificate of Appreciation for 5 tours with the Disaster Response Project, 2005 Gulf Coast Hurricanes (Katrina).

2016, 2017 and 2018 Spectrum Award in Excellence in Customer Service and Design from City Beat News. 

Community Services: 

Mama's Kitchen, delivered hot meals to individual effected by HIV, AIDS, Cancer or who were mentally of physically unable to prepare their meals as a result of their diagnosis.

Member of the disaster response team, "Restoring Hope".2005 Gulf Coast Hurricanes. Assisting with the restoration of homes after Katrina. Kris set up the medical base stations for her team. 

McAlister Foundation: Assisted in decorating halfway houses for boys struggling with addiction withdrawal.

Lade Fellowship: ;Volunteer Sunday's cooking, preparing and serving food for 250 homeless and low income folks.

Member of the American Red Cross

Activities: Gardening, Walks, Golfing.

Beautifully           Designed

Created for you...

​​Kris Higgins, GIA,MGS

Certified Gemologist

Designer, Appraiser