In 1981, Laurie and Simon Watt established Watt Gems with the support of Hans-Dieter Haag, a German stone cutter. Though Laurie and Simon did not have formal training in the gem business, their passion for gemstones and color built a successful business that began in Beverly Hills, California.
As the business evolved, it became Mayer & Watt, the name of the company today.
For over thirty years, Mayer & Watt has fostered relationships with premiere stone cutters and miners across the world. Early on, African and Brazilian stones became a focus; more recently, trips to the Far East, particularly Sri Lanka, for unusual and fancy sapphires have taken the lead.
Simon and Laurie are very active advocates in the gem dealer community. Simon has served on the American Gem Trade Association Board, including as the Vice-President for 6 years, and his wife Laurie serves on the Women’s Jewelry Association Board (mid-west chapter).
Simon and Laurie have a long and trusted relationship with Becky. Their stones are highly desired and Mayer & Watt firmly follows and supports the ethical and fair trade practices for sourcing their stones.
Interested in knowing about Mayer & Watt’s next visit? Contact our Glen Arbor location at 231.334.3826.