David and Charlotte Putnam are the owners of Alamo City Gold & Silver Exchange and sadiamonds.com. The Putnam’s have been in business in San Antonio for over three decades. The company opened its doors in June of 1984 on Perrin Beitel Road and moved to a larger, family owned building on N. E. Loop 410 in May of 1995. Alamo City Gold is a full service jewelry store offering repair service and custom designs. At Alamo City Gold, we are most concerned with creating and selling the highest quality pieces we possibly can. Our prices reflect that attention to detail you may not find with other stores. Our creations are one of a kind, handmade, customized designs and are truly some of the best in the world!
David earned a degree in Law Enforcement from Texas State University and served in the military as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army. He retired as a vice detective in 1990 having served 20 years for the San Antonio Police Department. Prior to retirement, he opened Alamo City Gold & Silver Exchange. David oversees all aspects of the jewelry business. Because of the years he spent as a police officer he is dedicated to honoring the lives of fallen law enforcement officers all over the country by designing and donating an End of Watch badge pendant to the family of a fallen officer.
Charlotte joined David a year after the store opened and takes care of everything behind the scenes, the finances & bookkeeping, accounts receivable & payable, office & store maintenance supplies, and business promotions. She also makes everything festive by taking care of the seasonal store decorations. Her passion though lies with Notre Dame and is reflected in the Notre Dame Fine Jewelry part of the business. Because of her love for all things Notre Dame, in 2006 Charlotte applied for a license to design, manufacture, and sell jewelry representing the University of Notre Dame. She was granted a Campus License and for 7 years sold their line of Notre Dame jewelry through the Alumni Association on campus. She applied for and was granted a national license in 2015 enabling Alamo City Gold to sell directly to the public. Last but not least, she helps keeps David in line!
Their team is like family and consists of just a few key people who have worked with them for many years.
Steve Stack – Steve has been a jeweler for about 40 years. He began fabricating his original silver jewelry pieces back when he was 17 years old. He first began with sterling silver, turquoise and coral and now expertly handles every step in the manufacturing process. He especially enjoys the designing and hand carving of the waxes for one of a kind custom creations. Steve started working with David & Charlotte in 1986.
Norma Gomez – Norma has worked as a jeweler for over 40 years, and really enjoys creating unique pieces. She began learning her craft at the age of 19 while carving waxes for a large manufacturing company. Her favorite part of being a jeweler is creating unique, one of a kind pieces for our customers. Norma started working for David & Charlotte in 1995.
Byron Rojas – Byron is a 3rd generation jeweler and has been in the business for over 35 years. He started working when he was only 14 years old in Guatemala, moved to the United States at the age of 19, and has been at it ever since. His specialties include setting stones and working with platinum, gold, and sterling silver. He is a true craftsman. Byron started working for David & Charlotte in 2009.
Chris Brightman – Chris has been in the jewelry business for almost 40 years and is our resident comedian, keeping us all in stitches each day. He started in the jewelry business at the age of 19. He takes care of many of the store’s jewelry repairs but has other responsibilities to include custom jewelry work, in-store and online sales, shipping, helping to handle phone calls, and ordering jewelry findings and diamonds. Chris started working for David & Charlotte in 1985, left for a short time, and is now back where he belongs!
Stephany Hedgepeth – Stephany is the newbie of the group. With over 20 years of customer service experience, she has a wide range of responsibilities to include wholesale account manager, in-store and online sales, graphic design for brochures/mailings and store window advertisements, 3D modeling/graphic designer for new and existing Law Enforcement badge pendants and rings as well as special request custom jewelry pieces, and webmaster. When you call in to the store, she is the voice you’re likely to hear. Stephany has been working for David & Charlotte since 2014.
Max & Mia – Max is our resident cat and has been at the store since 2005 and Mia has been coming to the store each day with Chris & Stephany since 2015. They bring a cozy kind of atmosphere to the store and keep us all sane! Our customers even come in asking to see them and sometimes bring them treats!
A Repeat Customer
As a repeat customer I can say that it was with high expectations that I placed my third order with your company for my 14K Gold Badge Pendant as you have always produced high quality work. I just received my pendant today and I am blown away with how amazing it looks. The quality of the craftsmanship and the eye for the slightest detail is outstanding. Having purchased this same pendant in sterling silver I knew what a quality product you guys produce, but this 14K Gold version is spectacular. The gold and the black highlights just make the entire piece “POP”.
Great job again and thanks for this amazing piece!
I Thank You With All My Heart
I am at a loss for words (as I’m sure you have heard many times) for the touching gift of my husbands badge pendant. I was looking for something special in a remembrance to wear close to my heart and you fit the bill perfectly. I’m sure you know how special you make the families feel with your sentiment of jewelry. I would like to know if it’s possible to buy more and the cost to send them. My daughter and grandkids would like to have one too. You are truly special for making this happen. I thank you with all my heart.
-Lake Oswego, OR
Thank you from the bottom of my heart
I would like to thank you again for honoring Police officers killed in the line of duty, especially here in Georgia… I hope you know how much you help families heal by wearing the jewelry you make to honor their officers… I absolutely love the earrings you made for me. Again, I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.
-Secretary of COPS, GA
How can I say thank you enough for the wonderful tribute to my husband you have created? This is a part of him that I can keep close to my heart everyday and remember his bravery, his sacrifice, his sense of humor and most importantly to me- his love… beautiful workmanship!
…thank you for your generosity. After the events of 12/13/03, it became difficult to trust that there is any good left in mankind. It means more than I can express to know that there are still some great people out there, as you are a shining example of that fact.
Thank you so very much for the necklace and key chain you sent… They are beautiful and will be treasured!
Great Workmanship & Attention to Detail
I can’t tell you how pleased I am to have the beautiful pendant you made me… It’s perfect in every way. You did a superb job and I compliment you on your workmanship and attention to detail.
-Flagler Co., FL
I will wear this pendant proudly!
Today I received the most beautiful little replica pendant of my fiance’s police badge, (Bruce McKay, Franconia NH PD). I want to thank you Darryl, and all the staff for your help, the expedient yet incredibly detailed craftmanship, and kindness. I will wear this pendant proudly!
Amazing Attention to Detail
HI.. I just wanted to let you know that I received my pendants… THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL!!! I couldn’t be more pleased on how they turned out. The detail is amazing. I gave her the pendant last night….she was so touched… she cried. She told me that everybody at the department will be jealous… because nobody has anything like it.. and she will be the first one to wear a department pendant. Thanks again for your GREAT customer service and your attention to detail.