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Diamond - April birthstone

April birthstone - DiamondThere is no other gemstone quite like a diamond. It is found in the most remote places on earth, and the fact that it forms at all is something of a miracle. It takes about one ton of rock to recover less than half a carat of rough, making diamond one of the most rare and most desired gemstones in the world. A diamond is a testament of endurance and strength – and not surprisingly, the ultimate symbol of love. Every diamond is unique. Each reflects the story of i...

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GIA 3/29/2014 10:25:00 AM Comments(0)

Aquamarine - March Birthstone

Aquamarine - March birthstone-The name aquamarine derives from the Latin expression for seawater because of its delicate blue or blue green coloring. The more saturated the color, the higher the value, though almost all aquamarine has a light tone. It is colored by trace amounts of iron that find their way into the crystal structure. A saturated blue is the most desired color. Aquamarine is almost entirely free of inclusions and has good hardness (7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale). That hardness make...

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2/27/2014 3:45:00 PM Comments(0)

Amethyst - February Birthstone

Amethyst – February Birthstone & 6th Wedding Anniversary Stone Amethyst has captivated humankind for centuries. The lilac-to-deep purple hues were once reserved for royalty or religious figures who wore it as a symbol of their important stature in society. Its lore comprises several claims to mystical powers, including that it would convey strength and wit to those who wore it. Amethyst was also associated with Bacchus, the ancient Greek god of wine, and wearing it was thought to keep ...

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1/28/2014 1:29:00 PM Comments(0)

Garnet - January Birthstone

Garnet - JanuaryFriendship is what the garnet represents. According to legend, adorning yourself with garnets will improve your personal relationships and protect you from harm. The word "garnet" comes from the Latin granatummeaning "seedlike". RhodoliteRhodolite comes from the Greek word, rhodon, meaning rose stone. Others compare the name to rhododendron. The pinkish-red color is its main characteristic. This gem has good transparency and is almost always faceted. It is not a common stone an...

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12/31/2013 3:39:00 PM Comments(0)

Blue Zircon - December Birthstone

Blue Zircon, one of December's three birthstones, is thought to bring success, luck, happiness, and intuition. Turquoise purportedly protects against accidents and pain and brings courage, vitality, and love. Tanzanite, added in 2002, is ascribed healing powers and is claimed to connect one to the spiritual world thereby bringing knowledge. Since Medieval times, zircon has been thought to bring wisdom, honor and wealth to those who possess it. It is especially prized for protecting travelers fro...

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11/30/2013 12:57:00 PM Comments(0)

Tanzanite - Alternate December Birthstone

Tanzanite is found in the shadows of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the only commercial source for the gemstone. In 1967, an Indian tailor prospecting for gems as a hobby discovered the gem. It was eventually named tanzanite in honor of its country of origin. The gem is often described as “velvety”, mostly because of its deep and saturated color, which ranges from purplish blue to a pure blue.Tanzanite is a variety of the mineral species called zoisite. It has a hardness...

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11/30/2013 12:55:00 PM Comments(0)

Citrine - Other November Birthstone

Citrine – Other November BirthstoneCitrine is a yellow to golden member of the quartz mineral group. A deep golden variety from Madiera Spain can resemble the costly imperial topaz gemstone, which is why citrine is a popular birthstone alternative to those born in November.Many people have come to know and love this stone under the name gold topaz, or Madeira or Spanish topaz, although in actual fact it has very little in common with the higher-quality gemstone topaz - except for a few nua...

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10/31/2013 1:19:00 PM Comments(0)

Topaz - November Birthstone

November Birthstone - TopazOrange topaz, also known as precious topaz, is the traditional November birthstone, the symbol of friendship, and the Utah state gemstone. Imperial topaz is yellow, pink (rare, if natural) or pink-orange. Brazilian Imperial Topaz can often have a bright yellow to deep golden brown hue, sometimes even violet. Many brown or pale topazes are treated to make them bright yellow, gold, pink or violet colored. Some imperial topaz stones can fade on exposure to sunlight for an...

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10/31/2013 1:17:00 PM Comments(0)

October Birthstone - OPAL

Opal – October BirthstoneOpal has been called the Queen of Gems. There are four types of gem opal:WHITE OPAL is an opaque white that looks like porcelain. The colors appear as flashes, speckles, or sheets of rainbow colors. White opals are the kind most commonly seen in jewelry. Most white opal comes from Australia, mainly from the Andemooka and Coober Pedy deposits in South Australia.BLACK OPAL also contains fire, but the body color is dark gray or black. This accentuates the color play, ...

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9/26/2013 11:10:00 AM Comments(0)

Sapphire - September Birthstone

SAPPHIRE – September BirthstoneSapphires belong to the corundum gemstone species, as does ruby. Sapphire is a very durable gemstone, second only to diamond, with a hardness of 9.0 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. The word “safir”, comes from both Hebrew and Arabic roots, means “blue”, yet sapphires come in almost every color and are referred to as “fancy colored sapphires”. Sapphires are faceted in all shapes. Star and cat’s eye sapphires are fashioned ...

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Gemological Inst. of America 8/29/2013 12:22:00 PM Comments(0)

August Birthstone - Peridot

Peridot – August BirthstonePeridot is surrounded by superstition. Peridot was thought to protect its wearers from evil spirits. It was once thought to contain rays of sunshine, an observation likely borne from its golden to deep green glow in the sunlight. The Egyptians first found peridot at Zabargad, a Red Sea island; the first written reference of it was in 300 B.C. The stones were greatly prized by the Egyptian kings who dominated the island. The hardness is 6-7 on the Mohs scale, diam...

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7/30/2013 3:43:00 PM Comments(0)

July Birthstone - Ruby

RUBY – July BirthstoneRuby is derived from the Latin word “rubber” meaning “red”, the color of passion and is the most famous and fabled red gemstone. It is a most desirable gem due to its hardness, 9.0, durability, luster and rarity. Transparent large sizes are more rare than diamonds. Ruby is the red variety of the mineral Corundum, which is the mineral of Sapphires. Ruby is a red Sapphire. Because of its special allure and historical significance, Ruby has always...

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6/22/2013 11:09:00 AM Comments(0)

Pearl - June Birthstone

Pearl – June Birthstone A pearl begins its life when a grain of sand or other small foreign object accidentally enters into an oyster’s soft inner body. It then becomes an irritation which causes a defensive action in the oyster. The cover the “irritant” the oyster produces a smooth liquid called nacre. Layer upon layer of this silky substance continues to cover the irritant, which results in a lovely, lustrous gem called a Pearl.Cultured pearls are the same as naturally ...

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5/28/2013 12:11:00 PM Comments(0)

Emerald - May Birthstone

Emerald - May birthstone Emeralds are fascinating gemstones. The first known emerald mines were in Egypt, dating from at least 330 B.C. into the 1700s. Some 500 years later, emeralds are still enchanting us. Emeralds are formed when chromium, vanadium and iron are present in the mineral beryl. The varying presence of these three elements gives emerald its range of color. Chromium and vanadium make an intense green color. Iron gives the stone a bluish tint. The most valuable emeralds are b...

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GIA 4/27/2013 4:13:00 PM Comments(0)

Sapphire - September Birthstone

SAPPHIRE – September BirthstoneSapphires belong to the corundum gemstone species, as does ruby. Sapphire is a very durable gemstone, second only to diamond, with a hardness of 9.0 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. The word “safir”, comes from both Hebrew and Arabic roots, means “blue”, yet sapphires come in almost every color and are referred to as “fancy colored sapphires”. Sapphires are faceted in all shapes. Star and cat’s eye sapphires are fashioned ...

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Gemological Inst. Of America 8/30/2012 4:21:00 PM Comments(0)

Alexandrite - Alternate June Birthstone

Alexandrite - alternate June birthstone Alexandrite was named after Alexander II, Czar of Russia, on whose birthday the gem was discovered. It is also interesting that red and green were the colors of the old Russian Imperial Guard. Alexandrite is one of the most expensive gems. Large stones with a good color change can cost thousands of dollars per carat. The value of an alexandrite is a function of its size, transparency and the quality of the color change. Created alexandrite is a synthe...

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Gems & Jewelry 5/31/2012 1:24:00 PM Comments(0)

Pink Tourmaline - Alternate October Birthstone

Pink Tourmaline – alternate October birthstone The name tourmaline comes from the Singhalese words 'tura mali'. In translation, this means something like 'stone with mixed colours', referring to the colour spectrum of this gemstone, which outdoes that of all other precious stones. No two tourmalines are exactly alike. This gemstone has an endless number of faces, and for that reason it suits all moods. No wonder that magical powers have been attributed to it since ancient times. In particu...

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9/27/2011 2:52:00 PM Comments(0)

Sapphire - September Birthstone

SAPPHIRE – September BirthstoneSapphires belong to the corundum gemstone species, as does ruby. Sapphire is a very durable gemstone, second only to diamond, with a hardness of 9.0 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. The word “safir”, comes from both Hebrew and Arabic roots, means “blue”, yet sapphires come in almost every color and are referred to as “fancy colored sapphires”. Sapphires are faceted in all shapes. Star and cat’s eye sapphires are fashio...

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Gemological Institute of America 8/31/2011 12:42:00 PM Comments(0)

Peridot - August Birthstone

Peridot – August BirthstonePeridot is surrounded by superstition. Peridot was thought to protect its wearers from evil spirits. It was once thought to contain rays of sunshine, an observation likely borne from its golden to deep green glow in the sunlight. The Egyptians first found peridot at Zabargad, a Red Sea island; the first written reference of it was in 300 B.C. The stones were greatly prized by the Egyptian kings who dominated the island. The hardness is 6-7 on the Mohs scale, diam...

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7/30/2011 12:25:00 PM Comments(0)

Emerald - May Birthstone

Emerald - May birthstone Emeralds are fascinating gemstones. They have the most beautiful, most intense and most radiant green that can possibly be imagined: emerald green. Inclusions are tolerated. In top quality, fine emeralds are even more valuable than diamonds.The name emerald comes from the Greek 'smaragdos' via the Old French 'esmeralde', and really just means 'green gemstone'. Emeralds have been held in high esteem since ancient times. It is said 'Emeralds promise good luck ...'; and 'T...

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GIA 5/5/2011 10:15:00 AM Comments(0)

April birthstone - Diamond

April birthstone - DiamondThere is no other gemstone quite like a diamond. It is found in the most remote places on earth, and the fact that it forms at all is something of a miracle. It takes about one ton of rock to recover less than half a carat of rough, making diamond one of the most rare and most desired gemstones in the world. A diamond is a testament of endurance and strength – and not surprisingly, the ultimate symbol of love. Every diamond is unique. Each reflects the story of i...

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Gemological Institute of America 4/2/2011 4:52:00 PM Comments(0)

Aquamarine - March Birthstone

Aquamarine - March birthstone-The name aquamarine derives from the Latin expression for seawater because of its delicate blue or blue green coloring. The more saturated the color, the higher the value, though almost all aquamarine has a light tone. It is colored by trace amounts of iron that find their way into the crystal structure. A saturated blue is the most desired color. Aquamarine is almost entirely free of inclusions and has good hardness (7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale). That hardness mak...

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2/28/2011 3:22:00 PM Comments(0)

Blue Zircon - December Birthstone

Blue Zircon, one of December's three birthstones, is thought to bring success, luck, happiness, and intuition. Turquoise purportedly protects against accidents and pain and brings courage, vitality, and love. Tanzanite, added in 2002, is ascribed healing powers and is claimed to connect one to the spiritual world thereby bringing knowledge. Since Medieval times, zircon has been thought to bring wisdom, honor and wealth to those who possess it. It is especially prized for protecting travelers f...

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12/2/2010 4:51:00 PM Comments(1)

Shades of Gold

Shades of GoldWhite gold, rose gold, and green gold – what’s in them??All gold is yellow. Twenty-four-karat gold – pure gold – is a rich and bright yellow. Considered too soft to be used in most jewelry, 24-karat gold will be alloyed with other metals for wear ability. Eighteen karat gold is 18 parts pure gold and six-part alloy or 75 percent gold and a 25 percent alloy mix. Fourteen karat gold, the most common form used in jewelry in the United States, is 14 parts pure g...

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9/27/2010 3:13:00 PM Comments(0)

Lake Magazine - Best of the Best

Lake Magazine is having their "Best of the Best" contest. Please visit the website below and cast your vote for Gold In Art Jewelers!!Thank you! Our customers are our "finest gems".http://englishcommunicationsinc.com/bestofthebest/index.php

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9/15/2010 2:18:00 PM Comments(8)

Sapphire - September birthstone

Sapphires are possibly the most popular gemstone in the world. Royalty has preferred sapphires over diamonds as engagement rings because they are known to be far rarer than diamonds. Some of the world's most famous sapphiress come from India, in the Vale of Kashmir, high in the Himalayas. The fine blue gems found here have been known for about 100 years, but because of the high elevation mining can be carried out only a few months of the year. Sapphires are also mined in Sri Lanka, Thailand...

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9/2/2010 1:09:00 PM Comments(1)

August Birthstone

Peridot is surrounded by superstition. It was once thought that it could break evil spells. The gem was associated with the sun, whose rays gave life and dispelled the mysteries of the darkness. Peridot is a warm, soft olive or yellowish-green gem with a hardness of 6-7 on the Mohs scale. It is sometimes referred to as the "Evening Emerald" because under artificial light the peridot glows a brilliant green. Fine peridot with a pleasing color comes from Arizona and the Mogok District of Burm...

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J. Arem 7/24/2010 3:16:00 PM Comments(10)

Jewelry Cleaning

Cleaning Tips:Diamond jewelry Only: bring a pot of water and a couple of drops of dishwashing soap to a boil. Put diamond jewelry in a strainer in the pot so that it doesn' hit the metal. Soak for several minutes, then rinse. Amethyst, Aquamarines, Emeralds, Garnets, Jade, Sapphires, Rubies, Topaz and Tourmalines: Add 1 tablespoon to one-half cup of warm water. Immerse jewelry and scrub with a soft toothbrush. Rinse in clear water and dry with a lint-free cloth. Pearls: Clean each one ind...

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7/13/2010 1:52:00 PM Comments(1)

Birthstone of the Month

Ruby is the birthstone for July.... and it is also used to celebrate 40th Wedding Anniversaries. Check out our featured products for beautiful Ruby Jewelry in both the Mount Dora and our Lady Lake (Villages) stores!

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Cheryl 7/8/2010 10:33:00 AM Comments(0)

4th of July

Why is Mt. Dora celebrating the 4th of July on the 3rd?? (Monday the 5th is the "official" holiday for banks & post offices, so it makes sense to assume that "most" people don't have to work on the 5th... so why not celebrate on the 4th???) I wasn't able to determine when Lady Lake or The Villages is celebrating... anybody know?

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Cheryl 6/30/2010 3:25:00 PM Comments(0)

Vacation!!

Today is our last day open until June 22nd !! We're all excited about cruising together to the Bahamas!!

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Cheryl 6/12/2010 9:48:00 AM Comments(0)

Matt's New Ring!!

Matt (Richie's son) finished his first ring today, and when we put it our for display... it SOLD in less than one hour!!! Way to go, Matt!! Special thanks to Patricia for buying the ring, and allowing us to post her picture here!!

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Cheryl 6/5/2010 2:14:00 PM Comments(5)

Updates!

Well, today is the last day for the Robbery Sale in The Lady Lake (The Villages) store. Then the merchandise will be moved down here to Mount Dora. Also... I've signed up for Twitter... and I figured if you want to check on the status of a repair... you can just send a tweet and I'll tweet back. Facebook is not as user friendly for business as it is for personal use.. I'm not sure how to send a message just to you... so if you need privacy, you can Direct Message on Twitter... I think that st...

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Cheryl 5/29/2010 10:23:00 AM Comments(0)

Twitter

Okay - so I signed up for Twitter, put the twitter button top.. even sent my first tweet.... but I have no idea what happens if somebody starts to follow me or tweets me. So... if you tweet - please tweet or follow me so I can see what happens... THANK YOU!!

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Cheryl 5/26/2010 3:45:00 PM Comments(0)

Summer Hours & Vacation Notice

Well... it's officially summer at Gold In Art in both locations (Mount Dora, and Lady Lake, near The Villages). Please note that both store hours have changed to reflect that we are currently closed on Mondays, and will re-open on Mondays after Labor Day. Also... both stores will be closing for one week in June for vacation. We will be closed from Sunday, June 13 thru Monday June 21. We will re-open both stores at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 22nd.

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Cheryl 5/25/2010 2:50:00 PM Comments(0)

Wine Tasting Party

Please join us for a "Wines of the World" Wine Tasting Party on Friday, May 7th in the evening at our Mount Dora location!!

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Cheryl 5/4/2010 9:37:00 AM Comments(0)

From the Daily Sun

Flags fly at American Legion Post 347 as Cmdr. Tom Murphy gets set to open the post. [Bill Mitchell, Daily Sun] A post with purpose By AZIA LI FORREST,DAILY SUN LADY LAKE — Following months of organization, dedication and patience, members of American Legion Post 347 hosted a ribbon-cutting and rededication for their newly renovated headquarters.“It’s been a long project to get this far and this is the culmination of it,” Post 347 Commander Tom Murphy said. Monday afterno...

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Azia Li Forest 4/27/2010 12:26:00 PM Comments(0)

Good News and Bad News

Although all of us are happy for Donna to be moving on with her life in a new direction, we are all saddened at the loss we will feel when she is no longer part of our team. Donna has been with us for almost 3 years, and has felt like a member of the family since she joined our team. She's leaving us next Friday. She will be missed, but, obviously, we wish her the best wherever she goes! Good Luck & God Bless Donna!

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Cheryl 4/21/2010 1:24:00 PM Comments(0)

Today at Gold In Art

Our Lady Lake Store has been open for 6 months... and we're thrilled that people from The Villages are finding us as well as our Leesburg customers. Thank you for your support !!

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Cheryl 4/12/2010 11:21:00 AM Comments(1)

Lots to do...

There's lots to do in Lady Lake and the Villages...this coming weekend you can check out vintage cars and see WWII relics during the day...then dance the night away to the sounds of the Sensations. Many of our "snowbirds" will be heading home soon...be sure to stop by Lady Lake jewelry store location where you're sure to find a "trinket or two" to take home as a souvenier of another beautiful winter spent in sunny Florida!

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DD 4/7/2010 1:14:00 PM Comments(0)

Armed Robbers Arrested!

Our robbbers have been arrested!! Here is the news story!http://www.wftv.com/video/22817229/index.html Here is one of them before Judge Donna Miller http://www.wftv.com/video/22821173/

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Cheryl 3/12/2010 9:18:00 AM Comments(1)

Mobile Repair Center

Gold In Art Jewelers is excited to announce that our "Mobile Repair Center" is in its infant stages! This concept, born three years ago, has now taken it's first steps. With it's capabilities limited to only minor repairs, i.e. watch batteries, ring guards, etc., it is not yet a cost effective way of having work done. We will keep you posted as this concept matures!

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Gold In Art 2/22/2010 2:43:00 PM Comments(5)

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