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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.

New Product Listing- A Garnet Ring for January

January 24th, 2017|Categories: Product Release|Tags: , , , , |

 

We’re pleased to announce that we have added the popular white gold garnet ring from our January birthstone posts to our online inventory! You can find it’s product page here.

In addition to that, you can find out more about Garnet in the first of our birthstone information pages here.

Thanks for visiting our website, we hope you enjoy what you find as we continue working to be the best jeweler in Ocala and the best jewelry website on the net.

What to Know Before Buying a Diamond (beyond the 4 C’s)

January 15th, 2017|Categories: diamonds, Informational|Tags: , , , , , , |

Clarity grading matters, but always look at a diamond (with magnification and without) before buying it

Our best advice right from the start: After observing hundreds of thousands of diamonds, the best advice we can give is to look at any diamond in person before buying it. Every diamond is different, and two diamonds of the same quality will not look exactly the same, no matter what the salesperson tries to tell you. Diamond grading is important, and should be considered, but no one should ever buy a diamond based on its grading alone.

You can’t judge a diamond piece’s value based on total carat weight

Clusters of small diamonds have significantly less value than one large stone with the same total carat weight, given similar clarity grades. A tennis bracelet with a 3 carat total weight made of 30 stones will be significantly more valuable than a bracelet with the same carat total weight but made of 60 stones, if the stones are roughly the same clarity and color. Check out our post on the difference between Carats and Karats.

What type of jewelry will the diamond be set in?

Earrings typically look better with larger diamonds of lower clarity because they are often viewed from a further distance than rings

Some diamonds work better for different types and styles of jewelry. Earrings typically look better with larger diamonds of lower clarity because they are typically viewed from a further distance than rings. Diamonds set in yellow gold will look a few color grades higher than if they are set in white gold. Round diamonds larger than 2 Carats are often considered too big to look appropriate in rings, and a shopper looking for an extra large stone for a ring would usually do better with a pear-shaped diamond or another unique shape.

Diamonds need to be secure

There is always a trade off between style and security when considering what a diamond should be set in, and it’s something you should always think about. If you are considering a piece with many small diamonds and few, very small prongs around those diamonds, you should know that the diamonds may be far more likely to fall out than a piece with slightly bigger stones and slightly bigger prongs. On an engagement ring, accident-prone people may opt for 6 prongs instead of 4 prongs for the extra security. Stones don’t magically stay in place and some styles are less secure than others. Always consider or ask about these issues when purchasing a diamond.

The 4 C’s

The 4 C’s are usually the first talking point when it comes to diamonds. There is a wealth of information available all over the internet on the 4 C’s, so we will be brief. The 4 C’s are Color, Cut, Clarity, and Carat. Color is how white the diamond is, Cut describes its symmetry and in theory how much it sparkles, Clarity is a measure of a stone’s inclusions and some other visible characteristics, and Carat is how much the stone weighs (how big it is). As each of those qualities go up, the value of a diamond raises. These qualities can be measured by trained jewelers with a very low margin for error, or graded in a laboratory for more exact calculations. No single category of the 4 C’s is definitely more important than another when judging how nice a stone will look in jewelry; however, the best-looking stones for the money usually have no category that is too low on the scale. Check out our guide on buying an engagement ring for more information.

 

January’s Birthstone is Garnet

January 9th, 2017|Categories: Photography|Tags: , , , , , |

Happy New Year everyone! January’s birthstone is garnet, a stone displayed here in this 14k white gold and garnet ring with diamond accents. The checkerboard cut is popular in garnets and we really tried to show off its fancy facets.

Garnet has been inlaid as a gemstone since the bronze age. Its more commonly known for its dark red color, but it comes in a variety of other colors including green, purple, and even blue.

We have many January babies on the Silver City team, so Garnet is an extra popular stone with us. If your interested in Garnet, come in and check out our inventory which includes the beautiful ring shown above.

Until next time, have a happy January!

Our Christmas Coupon

December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Promotional|Tags: , |

Merry Christmas from Silver City!

Everyone knows Christmas is a special time of year, and we are celebrating it with a new 25% off jewelry coupon! Available until December 25th, use this coupon to get 25% off any jewelry piece in our store.

Now we know that in today’s world 25% off might not sound that exciting, but 25% off our already low prices results in a deal that you can not get anywhere else. We’ve explained in previous posts that, unlike other stores, we don’t price our pieces outrageously high just so they can be discounted in the future.

With 25% off applied, most of our pieces will cost less then 60% of their appraised value!

So for any of you last minute shoppers still looking for a gift that will really make you a Christmas hero, sign up your email today in the popup or in the special offers tab to get the 25% off coupon in your email.

 

Blue Zircon is December’s Birthstone

December 4th, 2016|Categories: Photography|Tags: , , , , , |

Merry Christmas! Today we bring you December’s birthstone blue zircon, an under-appreciated gemstone with many great qualities. Not to be confused with Cubic Zirconia-the most common diamond simulant, Zircon is a natural gemstone that comes in many shades. It often has great clarity with few inclusions and is known for its fire and brilliance.

We have this 14k white gold and blue zircon ring and many other zircon pieces on sale today at Silver City, so don’t forget us if you need a gift for any December babies!

The light blue color reminds us of Christmas, and we are going to be very active for Christmas here at SilverCityJewelers.com. Stay tuned for more articles, products, and special deals coming this month at SilverCityJewelers.com

 

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