Robert C. Kammerling
Associate Editor. Spring, 1995
폒E RUSSIAN SYNTHETIC 羚nt> A number of synthetic gem materials from Russia were available. A firm new to the show this year, the Morion Company offered both rough and cabochon-cut synthetic opals. This material was available in both black and white body colors; it showed great variation in both color and distribution of play-of- color, ranging of multicolored pinpoint patterns to broad flashes of a single hue. Morion also offered rough Czochralski-pulled synthetic alexandrite, hydrothermal synthetic emerald, and flux synthetic spinel (both red and blue). Synthetic quartz and split boules of flame-fusion synthetic corundum were available in a broad range of colors as well. Among the imitations gem materials being offered by Morion was cubic zirconia (CZ) in a wide range of colors, including a color-change type. Other manufactured materials offered by Morion included pink yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) and gadolinium gallium garnet (GGG) in several colors͊

By Mary L. Johnson, Editor. Spring, 1996
  "SYNTHETIC DIAMONDS ARE IN THE MARKETPLACE 羚nt>The Morion Company had synthetic diamond crystals on display and for sale. I looked at three crystals at their booth. The crystals were yellow octahedra with one truncated pyramidal corner. Gray to somewhat blue color zoning was eye-visible in the center of each crystal쯦ont>

By Mary L. Johnson and John Koivula, Editors. Fall, 1997
  "GGG FROM RUSSIA 羚nt>These materials being offered by the Morion Company. The material was being sold primarily as unpolished disks about 80 mm in diameter by 5 and up mm thick. In September 1997 rough was available in intense pink, pink, light pink, almandine (red?), green-blue, aquamarine blue, sky blue, intense blue, raspberry and lilac. The Morion Co. also has had a small number of faceted samples available at the annual Tucson shows; five of these were obtained for characterization쯦ont>

By Deborah A. Catalano, Senior Associate Editor. March, 1996
毮t color="#996600">͊ "SYNTHETIC DIAMONDS MATERIALIZE IN TUCSON 羚nt>Synthetic diamonds were seen at this year's Tucson gem shows - in small quantity, but they were there. "For the first time ever, we brought Russian lab-drown diamond crystals on the U.S. market," said Leonid Pride, President of Morion Co. This distributor had among its lot of lab-grown gems, some Russian created Diamond crystals襠stones were yellow㣯rding to Pride, it will be a long time before anyone will produce affordable white synthetic diamond crystals in significant quality༯font>

By Peggy Swisher, Associate Editor, September, 1999 (2)
"RETAILERS PREPARE AS SYNTHETIC DIAMONDS BECOME MORE PREVALENT 羚nt> In May, Morion Co⥬eased a sales list of what it calls colorless and near-colorless synthetic rough diamonds from Ukraine. The company is also selling synthetic fancy-yellow and blue rough diamonds. It was the first time the company sold colorless and near-colorless synthetic diamonds to the U.S. market, although it has been selling synthetic fancy yellows in the United States for the past three years쯦ont>
By Teresa Novellino, Associate Editor, November, 1999 (2)
"TANZANITE IMITATOR ON THE MARKET羚nt> A new, laboratory created gem that looks like the popular but hard to find tanzanite is on the market for about a tenth of the cost. One of the companies selling the cut stones is Morion Co. of Brighton, Mass., which markets the stones as tanzanion 䡮zanion is similar to tanzanite in color and in main physical properties, but it has a higher hardness and is less fragile...It comes in blue, violet and purple쯦ont>

By Gerald L. Wykoff, the former President of the American Society of Gemcutters

September, 1994

"The Morion Company is introducing a new fine synthetic white opal. A sample of the material was sent to ASG and tested. The opal shows lovely colors, about what you'd expect from high commercial grade Australian opal. These opals are legitimate synthetic minerals and the fire is rather extraordinary for a man-made stone. It cuts and polishes about the same as natural opal༯font>

ίvember, 1994

"Two Russian firms are now producing excellent black opal which is very difficult to distinguish from Australia's natural black. American Society of Gemcutters members, through ASG member Morion Company already have access to the fine Russian black synthetic opal༯font>

January, 1995

The crystal material was awesome. An inexpensive synthetic cubic zirconia, it dazzled and sparkled like no other CZ. When the Pinnacle Award judges took a look at the traditional faceting entry - and which won the 1994 Pinnacle Award - submitted by Ewing Evans of Austin, TX, they could hardly believe their eyes. ASG immediately contact Ewing who graciously conceded that he had purchased the material from ASG supporter, Morion Company."

If you'd like to make a test of an extraordinary faceting - or even cabochon cutting material, call Morion and order CZ-6, Aquamarine. It's not costly at all - and does it ever perform!"羚nt>

㥰tember, 1996

Care to cut a top quality hydrothermal emerald? Morion Company is now offering excellent prices for cabbing slabs and faceting grade hydrothermal emerald. The quality grades for the stones run from A to D. A is eye clean, D is included, best for cabochons. The sawed slabs run from 4 mm to 8 mm thickness and are seedless, flawless༯font>

By Robert Weldon, G.G., Senior Writer/Director of Photography, September, 1999
"BLUE'S BROTHERS 羚nt>This new laboratory-grown material, first shown in the Tucson gem and mineral shows, comes from the Soviet Union. Forsterite is a form of the mineral olivine (peridot) and is considered rare in nature. Tom Chatham of Chatham Created Gems Inc., San Francisco, Ca, says he is considering distributing the material in the United States. Other potential distributors include the Morion Co. in Brighton, MA༯font>

By Garry Roskin, G.G., FGA, Senior Editor, September 1999

"TANZANITE LOOKALIKE 쯦ont>A new synthetic produced for laser applications imitates tanzanite, according to research gemologist Martin Huske, owner of Adamas Gemological Laboratories in Brookline, Mass. Synthetic Forsterite, whose additional cobalt content imparts the Tanzanite-like blue/purple color, has been on the market six month㠮ow available trough the manufacturer, Morion of Brighton, Mass羚nt>"

By Paul E. Holewa, Gemkey Magazine, September-October 1999

"SLINGIN' THE BLUES IN AMERICA 쯦ont>THE TANZANITE SIMULANT that has been the talk of the trade since Basel's GIA GemFest is now available in the U.S. market. The U.S. distributors, MORION CO. of Massachusetts, are calling it "tanzanion", and in reality it's synthetic forsterite. The company has an exclusive manufacturing agreement with the Russian growersplans to cut the material in Sri Lanka༢r>

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SYNTHETIC DIAMONDS: What You Must Know NOW to Avoid the Traps
- June 1999
The diamond registry: http://www.diamondregistry.com/index.htm

   The Diamond Registry Bulletin has been reporting on the synthetics issue for 29 years, but now it has become more than just a theoretical problem. The advent of the availability of gem-quality synthetic diamonds opens two traps for jewelers: the unscrupulous scam artist and, sadly, the investigative reporter who creates a sensation along with his story by embarrassing uninformed jewelersⲾ enterprise already turning out high-quality synthetic diamonds is the Morion Company, based in Brighton, Massachusetts and, again, scientifically led by Russians. The DRB talked to Leonid Pride, one of the founders of Morion who now works as a consultant with the Company. When discussing synthetic diamonds it's important to remember that they are diamonds, just not naturally occurring stones. The only difference being that the crystal has been grown in the laboratory rather than dug out of the earth. Morion supplies rough synthetics to a number of famous US gem cutters and hopes eventually to move into the polishing end of the business.
    At the moment, Morion has quantities of near colorless stones of up to 1.25 carats, rough. This means, of course, that the largest cuttable from these rough are .60-.70. So far Morion has not moved into producing larger stones but Pride said the Company hopes to have larger stones available in the near future. Morion has also managed to produce synthetic GIA type IB fancy-yellow diamonds and, while only a few blue diamonds have been produced to date, Morion is working to widen the range of color available. Prices for the synthetic diamonds are slightly high - $550 for 1 carat colorless to near-colorless Synthetic diamonds, in case you're wondering, are easy for a laboratory to discern from natural diamonds by their metallic-flux inclusions and their non-octahedral faces. Synthetic diamonds can even be certified by the GIA; the certificate will read, "Diamond: Synthetic."

Colored Stone
By Suzanne Wade
Lawsuits Ignite Furor Over Created OpalNEW YORK - It's not often that gem terminology is discussed in Southern New York District Court, but if Gerry Manning of Manning International in New York City has his way, the question of what constitutes a synthetic opal may one day become a matter of law. read more


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