It all started in a small but very famous little town in Germany called Idar-Oberstein. Like no other city in the world, Idar-Oberstein covers the whole range of gemstone manufacturing. Rough stone trading, cutting and polishing, carving, drilling and setting, and jewellery manufacture too.
When my father Lothar Haag founded the company in 1957, he started as a rough stone dealer, supplying the local cutters with all kinds of gemstone from Brazil and Africa. Very soon he decided to open his own cutting shop and specialise in emeralds, which had always been his favourite stone.
Today, the company, in its second generation, is run by my brother Matthias and myself, Michael Haag.
We are both skilled gemstone cutters and worked in the cutting shop for many years. But times have changed and today we always seem to be busy rushing from one part of the world to another. In 2009 the company expanded to Los Angeles, where we opened our first branch office. The second branch office, in Hong Kong, opened not long ago. The third, in Beijing, is our latest project and we are very excited about it. Last but not least, we should mention our purchasing office in Bogotá, Colombia, where we obtain most of our emeralds.