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Happy 2018

January 7th, 2018|Categories: Photography, Product Release|Tags: , , , , |

2018 is here!

Hey there, we hope this post finds you happily recovering from a busy holiday season. We apologize for missing our December posts in the midst of the madness of Christmas, but now we have taken down the tree, thrown away the ripped up wrapping paper, and cleaned off our desks for new year of working to be the best jewelry store in Ocala.

January’s birthstone is garnet, a rich warm red stone that reminds us of deep happy affections and comfort. In appreciation of the beauty of garnet and those of us born in January, this month’s featured piece is a heart shaped garnet in a beautiful 18k white gold mounting. You can find it here, it’s 25% off for the month like all our featured pieces, and is the centerpiece of our Ocala Magazine ad for this month.

If you would like to know more about garnet, our garnet fact page is here.

As always we appreciate your visit to our website, Christmas has found many homes for the pieces on this site, and we will be adding new and exciting pieces to our inventory soon, so check back with us at Ocala’s largest jewelry store, Silver City!

Topaz for thanksgiving.

November 13th, 2017|Categories: Photography, Product Release|Tags: , , , , |

Topaz reminds us of a warm Thanksgiving dinner table. 

Until the final turkey leaves the table, this month is about Thanksgiving- a house full of family, your favorite relative’s pumpkin pie, and remembering the things we cherish in life. Unfortunately, it’s often the tragic moments during the year that makes us really appreciate the things we still have. This year has seen much tragedy in the world, natural disasters locally, and a few health scares in our own Silver City family; but all of this reminds us how blessed we are for the things we have. We hope this November finds you feeling the same.

November’s birthstone(s) are traditionally those of the brown/orange/yellow shades, and we often hear people born in November lament that topaz and citrine aren’t very pretty. Our goal for this month’s featured piece was to make a precious topaz that shows November babies that their birthstone is equally lovely to any other month. We believe we hit that mark, and we hope you agree!  You can find more about the newest featured piece, a white gold and golden topaz ring with diamond accents, at this link.  It is featured in our ad for this month’s Ocala Magazine, and it is 25% off until the next featured piece comes out in December. But remember, we only have one so if you are interested then don’t delay!

Topaz is actually one of the most important stones in our culture, a possible birthstone for two months, and available in nearly ever color and price point. If you would like to know more about Topaz, then you can find our newest gemstone fact page here.

We truly thank you for visiting us here at silver city jewelers, Ocala’s largest jewelry store. We hope you have a great thanksgiving and don’t forget to check back for more information, products, and deals!

October is opal month

October 6th, 2017|Categories: Photography, Product Release|Tags: , , , , |

Opal is the birthstone for October

One of the most universally beloved gemstones, Opals are truly amazing to behold. With bright displays of color that span the spectrum, opal reminds us in the wake of a hurricane filled month that nature can also create nice things.

With this in mind we are proud to unveil our newest featured piece, which you can find at this link. Its a lovely white opal pendant set in white gold with accent diamonds. It is featured in our ad for this month’s Ocala Magazine, and it is 25% off until the next featured piece comes out in November. But remember, we only have one so if you are interested then don’t delay!

And if you would like to know more about opal, then you can find our newest gemstone fact page here.

Thanks for visiting us here at silver city jewelers, Ocala’s largest jewelry store, and don’t forget to check back for more information, products, and deals!

September’s birthstone is Sapphire- Irma can’t keep Ocala down!

September 18th, 2017|Categories: Photography, Product Release|Tags: , , , , |

Irma can’t keep Ocala down!

Hey there Ocala, we hope this finds you with your power back on, a full tank of gas, and a pantry full of bread! Irma has been hard on all of us, and though it delayed this update, we are proud to finally make this blog post with our amazing September featured piece as well as our sapphire fact page.

Sapphire is the birthstone for September, and if you would like to find the page for our newest featured piece, click this link! It is a one of a kind piece, with a hand selected sapphire mounted in a beautiful white gold ring with rose accents. It is featured in our ad for this month’s Ocala Magazine, and it is 25% off until the next featured piece comes out in October.

Of course, sapphire is one of the most famous and popular gemstones, and if you’d like to know more about it we have made another gemstone fact page for it that you can read by clicking here.

This has been a very difficult month for many of us and we hope the rest of September treats you and everyone else in the great stormy state of Florida better. Don’t forget to check back with us, Ocala’s largest jewelry store, for more information, products, and deals!

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

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