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August Peridot Update- A Hot Summer in Ocala

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 […]

August 17th, 2017|

Celebrate with fireworks

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! […]

July 7th, 2017|

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|