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June’s Featured Piece and Alexandrite Fact Page

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, […]

June 10th, 2017|

Real Stones- Synthetic vs. Simulant


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 […]

May 25th, 2017|

May’s Featured Piece and Emerald Fact Page

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 […]

May 4th, 2017|

Precious or Semi-Precious?

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 […]

April 26th, 2017|

Silver City Celebrates 40 Years in Ocala!

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 […]

April 22nd, 2017|

April’s Featured Piece and Diamond Fact Page

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 […]

April 5th, 2017|