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[Source] Created Gems

I am looking for a source for high quality created gems. I like
Chatham’s, but I believe they are very overpriced. Can anyone
recommend a good source for the created gems that look like the
highest quality/color natural gems? (Mostly created
rubies/sapphires, maybe Alexandrite) What should I expect to pay
per carat? They need to be strong enough for tension setting.

Thanks so much for your help!

David Tomich

Hi David,

The J.O. Crystal Company in Long Beach California makes the Ramaura
Ruby. This is the first (so far as I know) lab-grown gem to have been
"inducted" as it were into the Smithsonian Hall of Gems; its quality
is such that, were it not for the addition of a special dopant which
shifts its fluorescence, it could be indistinguishable from a natural
stone.

I know the company also markets Alexandrites; I saw some when I
visited in January. I believe these come from Russia, as do probably
a majority of today’s lab-grown gems. You might try also the Morion
Company of Brighton, Mass, a large dealer in Russian material.

Cheers, Hans Durstling Moncton, Canada

The best supplier I have found for CZ’s and lab-grown rubies,
sapphires, emeralds, and tanzanite is Theodore Pehnec Imports
http://pehnec.com or 714-537-0473. Very large selection at the best
prices I’ve seen for good looking stones.

Epaul Fischer
Gryphon Song Creations
http://GryphonSong.com

There is a company called Morion Co located in Brighton, MA. Their
website is www.morioncompany.com Their phone number is (617) 787
2133.

Sincerely,
Diane Sadel
http://www.sweetgemstones.com