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August Peridot Update- A Hot Summer in Ocala

August 17th, 2017|Categories: Photography, Product Release|Tags: , , , , , |

August Update- A Hot Summer In Ocala

Hey there Ocala, we hope you are reading this inside of a nice air conditioned building! This month’s birthstone is Peridot, a green-yellow gem with a long history.

In honor of that, we have our newest birthstone information page available for peridot, if you would like to learn more about it then click here.

We also have unveiled our newest featured piece, a very sunny white gold and peridot necklace with diamond accents, which you can check out here. Its custom made and 25% off until next month, which makes it a wonderful gift choice if you have a special person with an August birthday.

Have a great month! We hope to have some new things on the site soon, including an update to our special offers. Don’t forget to check back with us, Ocala’s favorite jewelry store, for more information, products, and deals!

Celebrate with fireworks

July 7th, 2017|Categories: Photography, Product Release|Tags: , , , |

Happy July Ocala!

This month’s birthstone is ruby, and in the tradition of the most important holiday in July, Independence Day, this months featured piece is a firework-esque explosion of white and red sparkle.  You can find the product page for our piece here, as well as see its picture in our ad in this month’s Ocala Magazine. Because its our featured piece its 25% off until next month, but we only have the one, so if you are interested then come by soon!

If you would like to know more about ruby, one of the world’s most famous gemstones, then you can find out more about rubies here, in our newest gemstone fact page for ruby.

Have a great month! Don’t forget to check back with us, Ocala’s favorite jewelry store, for more information, products, and deals!

June’s Featured Piece and Alexandrite Fact Page

June 10th, 2017|Categories: Photography, Product Release|Tags: , , , , |

Happy June Ocala!

This month’s birthstones are alexandrite and pearl. We are celebrating this with our newest featured piece for June, a created alexandrite pendant set in a platinum bezel setting. Alexandrite is a rare color changing stone that changes from greenish-blue to purplish-red based on the light its exposed to. You can find the product page for our piece here, which is also featured in our ad in this month’s Ocala magazine. It’s 25% off until next month, but we only have one.

If you just like gemstones and would like to find out more about alexandrite, then you can find its information page here.

Have a great month! Don’t forget to check back with us, Ocala’s jewelry experts, for more information, products, and deals!

Real Stones- Synthetic vs. Simulant

May 25th, 2017|Categories: colored stones, Informational|Tags: , , |

What is a “real” stone? Synthetic vs. Simulant

We are often handed a piece and asked “is this stone real?” This question is a little more complicated then most people understand, and in this article we will discuss what it means for gems to be real, synthetic, or simulated.

What is a real stone created by nature?

Gemstones are classified according to their chemical composition and crystal structure. Diamonds, for example, are made of pure carbon. Graphite is also made of pure carbon, but has a different arrangement of atoms which makes the two stones completely different. Other gemstones, such as ruby and sapphire, are both the mineral corundum and defined by their color. Corundum has a chemical composition of Al2O3, ruby is a corundum that has formed with trace elements in it to turn it red and sapphire is a corundum with trace elements that turned it blue. Real gemstones grow in the ground over thousands of years as heat and pressure turns rock into crystals.

What is a synthetic stone?

A synthetic stone is a real gemstone created by mankind instead of nature. For about 100 years humans have had the knowledge to create gemstones in expensive and complicated methods by which they take minerals and apply extreme heat and pressure to speed up the natural gemstone creation process. The stones created are chemically, physically, and visually identical to those grown by nature. This means synthetic rubies are exactly the same as rubies grown by nature except in very subtle ways that can sometimes only be detected by advanced laboratories. So is a synthetic stone a real stone? They are not just imitations, but most people assume that “real” implies grown by nature: and so the answer to that question is no, and thus the Federal Trade Commission requires that businesses disclose that a stone is synthetic and requires them to be called “created” stones. Chatham Created stones are one of the biggest name brands in synthetic stones and are known across the world as a quality gemstone even though they are man made. Synthetic stones lack some of the “magic” and “wonder” that natural stones have, but they can be a way to get a beautiful stone at a less expensive price.

 

Diamond is the most commonly imitated stone.

What is a simulant?

Simulant or imitation are the textbook terms for a fake stone. Simulants are stones that look like a different, typically more expensive, gemstone. Cubic Zirconia is one of the most famous and commonly used simulants, and is typically known for being a fake diamond. Moissanite is another diamond simulant which is more difficult to detect and still relatively expensive. Glass is a simulant that has been used for years for many gemstones. When people ask if a stone is “fake” they usually mean is it a simulant or imitation.

So what is a real stone? Gemstones created by nature are clearly “real”, and simulants are “fake”. Synthetics are more complicated but at Silver City we usually avoid them unless someone asks for one specifically. We hope you enjoyed this article the best jewelry store in Ocala, keep checking back here for more jewelry information and articles!

 

Inclusions are a good way to tell that a stone is natural.

May’s Featured Piece and Emerald Fact Page

May 4th, 2017|Categories: Photography, Product Release|Tags: , , , , , |

May is here!

This May, Silver City invites you to recover from the hot Ocala weather with the soothing nature of emerald. Emerald is one of the three most popular gemstones in the world, and it happens to be May’s birthstone. We carry many quality emerald pieces in our inventory including our newly added featured piece for May. This custom ring was chosen to be an excellent value for any emerald or jewelry lover and is the centerpiece in our May ad in Ocala magazine. It’s 25% off until next month and you can find our product page for it here, or come see it in person at our Ocala location.

 

If you are just an emerald lover who would like to find out more about them, you can find out more information about the most famous green gemstone in the latest of our monthly gemstone information pages here.

Thanks for being the best group of customers a business can have! Don’t forget to check back with us, Ocala’s jewelry experts, for more information, products, and deals!

Precious or Semi-Precious?

April 26th, 2017|Categories: colored stones, Informational|Tags: , , |

Tourmaline, a classically “semi-precious” gemstone.

Everyone has heard the terms “Precious” and “Semi-Precious” to describe gemstones. These terms have been used since ancient times and are still commonly used today by experienced and educated jewelers. Today at Ocala’s best jewelry store we answer “what do these terms mean?”, “where did they come from?”, and “should they still be used today?”

History and Meaning of Precious and Semi-Precious

Gemstones have been valued by human civilization for thousands of years and so the study of gemstones by science, religion, and people of other scholarly pursuits have been commonplace since ancient times. Before humans had the tools to understand the chemical makeup and properties of each stone, they were organized into different categories by logical but archaic methods. As an example, for a long time all red gemstones were classified as “Rubies” including garnets and red spinel.

“Precious” and “Semi-Precious” were classifications that came from writings of these early scholars, separating the “best” stones from the “not as good” by a variety of factors- rarity, hardness, transparency, popularity, market value or other values could all be considered. In the 1909 book “A Book of Precious Stones” by Julius Wodiska, the author included which stones were classified as “precious” by some of the most well known gemologists of his time, as well as his own list. His list of gems deemed “precious” included only the universally accepted emerald, diamond, ruby, and sapphire with his own addition being pearl. He considered all others to be semi-precious. Other lists of “precious” gems included a few more stones, including topaz, garnet, zircon, and tourmaline. Wodiska himself admitted that gemologists of that day could not agree on any criteria for calling a gem “precious” or “semi-precious”.

 

Emerald and Ruby, two classically “precious” gemstones

Are “Precious” and “Semi-Precious” Still Valid Terms to Use for Gemstones? (No)

Today, due in a large part to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), the terms “precious” and “semi-precious” are considered obsolete, archaic, and inaccurate. There are no gemstones that are “better” or “worse” then each other, and the term “precious” has never been given any significant meaning or criteria beyond that. Some jewelers still use “precious” and “semi-precious” as a way of stating whether the stones on average are valuable or not, however, this is incorrect as there are a myriad of factors that determines the price of each individual gemstone and many of the most expensive stones in the world are those that are classically considered “semi-precious.” The modern jewelry industry and science of gemology have agreed that the terms have no accurate meaning and are relics of the past.

Thanks for reading, hope we were informative and interesting. Until next time, keep checking back here with the best jewelry store in Ocala.

 

Sapphire, another of the classically “precious” gems

Silver City Celebrates 40 Years in Ocala!

April 22nd, 2017|Categories: News, Silver CIty|Tags: , , |

Today we’re proud to announce our 40th year anniversary proudly serving as a coin and jewelry store in Ocala. To commemorate this achievement we have minted a special 40th anniversary silver bar, with our own handmade artwork celebrating our Florida heritage with a drawing of a Florida Cracker. But instead of discussing our inventory, today we wanted to talk about our staff and our connection to the community.

We are your neighbors, your classmates, teachers and friends!

At Silver City each of our employees grew up in Ocala, and we have graduates of Vanguard High School, North Marion High School, and Ocala High School. Since 2000 we also had employees who were Belleview High School, Lake Weir High School, and Forest High School graduates. In addition to that, we have multiple graduates of the University of Florida and the College of Central Florida.

The best jewelers in Ocala and the best coaches!

We also have many employees who are or have been volunteer coaches in youth sports across the city. We have coached MCYFL across multiple teams in Jr. and Sr. divisions, high school sports at Vanguard and Forest, and other middle school school sports at the YMCA and other youth leagues. Currently, our own James Stone is proud to say “Go Saints” as an assistant coach for track and basketball at St. John Lutheran School.

A part of the Ocala jewelry scene and Ocala music scene!

Our connection to the community isn’t just limited to business and sports, our own Larry and David Stone are both currently part of the Tilted Kilt house band, and have played in bands in Ocala and Central Florida for over 40 years. They currently perform several Thursdays each month at the Tilted Kilt next door to our location.

We have participated in many other parts of the community from clubs to politics!

In addition to donating to many Ocala events and foundations, as well as many high school organizations and clubs, we have also been parts of many Ocala social clubs and been active members in Ocala politics. We have regularly given volunteer guest lectures at Ocala schools including most recently at Trinity Catholic High School. We have even helped the Ocala Police Department as currency experts to determine whether money is counterfeit.

Serving Ocala for 40 years and we intend to serve it for at least 40 more.

Each of us were born and raised in Ocala and none of us have any intention to move away, we intend to continue working toward being more than just a successful business, but a cornerstone of the community. We know that without the love and support of Ocala we couldn’t have made it to where we are, and so we want to do more then just be Ocala’s best jewelry store, we want to give back and be people that you are pleased to see at the local grocery store, or happy to sit next to in the stands at the local ball game. Its thanks to you all that we have made it 40 years so far, and we hope that you will join us for 40 more.

Thanks for reading, keep checking back with us for more articles and information.

If you are interesting our new silver bar, please call our coin department at (352) 358-4145

April’s Featured Piece and Diamond Fact Page

April 5th, 2017|Categories: Photography|Tags: , , , , , |

Happy April!

April’s birthstone is diamond and that makes us happy at Silver City because we are Ocala’s diamond experts. Diamond is a gemstone that needs no introduction and our website is full of articles about diamonds, including our newest birthstone fact page for Diamond which you can read here.

Or you can read these articles from past months:

Diamond shopping guide (Beyond the 4c’s)

Explaining the meaning of Carats

How to buy an engagement ring.

And in honor of April, we have chosen and unveiled our newest monthly featured piece. A heavy 18k  diamond fashion ring with a unique style, beautiful diamonds, and expert craftsmanship. Chosen out of our extensive diamond inventory as a great value for any diamond lover, it reminds us of stars in the nights sky.  The piece is featured in our April ad in Ocala Magazine and is 25% off until next month. If you like it, act fast- we only have one!  Last month’s featured piece sold immediately and we don’t know how long this month’s opportunity will last. You can find the product page here or come see it in person anytime at our Ocala location.

Have a great month! Don’t forget to check back with us, Ocala’s diamond experts, for more information, products, and deals!

March’s Birthstone is Aquamarine

March 8th, 2017|Categories: Photography|Tags: , , , , , |

This month’s birthstone is the beautiful aquamarine. Aquamarine gets its name from its sea water like blue-green color and is one of the most popular light blue gemstones. Many people don’t know that aquamarine and emerald are different varieties of the same mineral, which is beryl. Aquamarine and emerald are the same stone, except that one is blue and one is green.

To learn more about aquamarine, click here to go to our aquamarine fact page.

In addition to this, our featured piece for the month of March is on the website now. A beautiful pale blue aquamarine set in a fine yellow gold filagree mounting, it is featured in this months Ocala Magazine and as our featured piece it is 25% for the month of March. Click here to find out more, and don’t delay because once it sells we don’t have another like it!

Have a great month! Don’t forget to visit us at Ocala’s best jewelry store for all of your jewelry or repair needs.

February’s Birthstone is Amethyst

February 6th, 2017|Categories: Photography|Tags: , , , , , |

Happy February! We hope that you have had a happy and safe super bowl weekend. Today we are featuring the birthstone for February, Amethyst.

Amethyst is a member of the quartz family and is known as the purple gemstone. Amethyst was once rare and expensive, only available to royalty, but the discovery of vast deposits across the world has made amethyst one of the least expensive of classic and well known gemstones. In addition to its abundance, amethyst is naturally of high clarity which makes for a special combination of beauty and affordability. If you would like to know more about amethyst, click here for a link to go to our gemstone fact page for amethyst.

The 14k white gold and amethyst ring pictured above is our featured piece for February. Custom made by our master jeweler and featured in the February issue of Ocala Magazine, it is a great combination of quality and value.  If you are interested in it’s price or details, you can find out more by clicking here.

Have a great month! Don’t forget to visit us at Ocala’s best jewelry store for all of your jewelry or repair needs.

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