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Our distinction is clear. We are one of Rochester, Michigan's, largest family-owned jewelry stores. Our reputation for quality gems and jewelry, unique finds, dependable repair service and award-winning jewelry designs has made us a trusted name in jewelry and a favorite shopping destination since 1973.
Haig's of Rochester Fine Jewelry & Asian Antiques blends the beauty of jewelry with the bold designs of exotic antiques. Contemporary, classic, custom and antique/estate jewelry is displayed alongside antique Asian ceramics, prints and textiles, Pre-Columbian vessels and other fine antiques. We offer exquisite, one-of-a-kind jewelry to wear and museum-quality antiques for a collection or to complement a home or office -- all exhibited in a warm and inviting shop.
At Haig's we only offer items we would personally give to our own family and friends. It's that simple. Visit our
store or web site and experience a dynamic shopping adventure from the heart of historic Rochester, Michigan.
Haig's of Rochester Fine Jewelry & Asian Antiques handles well-made, distinctive art and jewelry while focusing on value, customer service and satisfaction.
Paul Haig and our knowledgeable staff are available to help you with all of your fine jewelry needs. To reach Paul personally please call 248-705-9070 or email
: Haig's of Rochester Fine Jewelry handles well made, distinctive art and jewelry while focusing on value, customer service and satisfaction.
: Appraisals, Competitive Diamond Pricing, Consignment Sales, Custom Jewelry Design, Diamond & Gem Setting, Engraving, Estate Buying & Evaluations, Finders Services, Gem Cutting, Pearl & Bead Stringing, Repair & Restoration, Watch Repair
: Antiquities, Antique & Estate Jewelry, Classic Jewelry, Custom Jewelry, Diamonds, Opals of All Varieties, Precious Gemstones, (Loose & in Settings), Wedding Rings
Contact us at 248.652.3660 or at
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Paul Haig, Owner
Paul Haig has been in the business of making jewelry since he was eight years old. His hobby of collecting mineral specimens turned into a small business when, as an elementary school student, he started making rings, bracelets, pins and pendants. Paul also began repairing antique jewelry for many jewelers and antique dealers.
Paul learned the art of stone cutting at age ten. He made crude cutting units from pie plates, apple crates and old washing machine motors. Interestingly, Paul's stone cutting tutor was Pierre Touchette, a retired U.S. ambassador to France and Rhodesia. He met Touchette while his father, a former colonel in the United States Air Force, was stationed in Washington D.C.
In 1968, Paul moved to Rochester, Michigan, to studies at Oakland University. He augmented his income by cutting stones and making rings in his dorm room. A
t age twenty-three, Paul decided to turn his life-long interest in jewelry and stone cutting into his profession. He graduated from Oakland University in 1973 and, that same year, opened his first custom jewelry and design shop at 307 1/2 Main Street in downtown Rochester.
As both a stone collector and cutter, Paul has been involved in the entire process of transforming a raw stone into a jewel. From the beginning, he has always worked with natural gemstones and not with imitations or synthetics. Additionally, Paul specializes in opals and has a vast collection and knowledge of the vibrant and delicate stone -- knowledge unequaled among area jewelers.
Paul's jewelry designs range from simple, classic pendants and rings, to highly stylized bracelets and pins. Paul has even fashioned a bracelet out of a seventeenth-century English umbrella handle!
Over the years, Paul has successfully turned a little jewelry shop into one of the largest jewelry retailers in the Rochester area. The store's wide selection of modern, custom, classic, antique and estate jewelry is unparalleled, and attests to the company's knowledge of the jewelry industry.
In addition to his jewelry interests, Paul is also an avid collector of Asian antiques. Inspired by his family's enthusiasm for Asian art and culture - a brother is a scholar of Asian languages - Paul, together with his wife, Diane, has traveled the world to find the most beautiful antique Asian lacquers, textiles, bronzes, prints and ceramics. His frequent visits to Indonesia and Thailand have not only yielded fabulous art finds, but also a legion of very close friends.
In 1994, Paul was severely injured while he and his wife were visiting the island of Sumatra. The bus they were riding in plunged off a winding road. Paul, whose back was broken in the accident, spent several weeks in an Indonesian hospital before doctors allowed him to travel back to the United States. This adventure (among others) led to his local nickname: "Indiana Haig".
After a few months of recovery, Paul eagerly continued with his new business venture -- Haig Galleries. Concentrating on the arts of Asia and the Pacific, the gallery displays and sells artifacts Paul and his wife have collected over the years.
The gallery was originally established on the second floor of 311 Main Street -- a building purchased and renovated by the Haigs in the 1990s. The restoration of 311 Main to its c. 1918 appearance has become a prime example of historic preservation in southeast Michigan, and has won numerous design and architectural awards. The restoration was completed in 1998, when Haig Jewelers moved to the first floor of 311 Main.
In 2005, Paul announced the beginning of a new era in the retail history of both companies. Haig Jewelers and Haig Galleries merged to form Haig's of Rochester Fine Jewelry & Asian Antiques. The merger illustrates the unique evolution of two exceptional stores.
For many years, Paul has been actively involved in the metro Detroit arts community. He has served on the board for the Detroit Institute of Art's Friends of Asian Art, as well as on the advisory board for Oakland University's College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, Paul is deeply involved with many local governmental units and non-profits, including Rochester's Downtown Development Authority, Crittenton Hospital, the Lighthouse of Oakland County and the Paint Creek Center for the Arts. He frequently gives lectures to school and community groups, and assists with local appraisal clinics.
In the fall of 2006, Paul, along with collaborator Marla Shelton, released a new book.
Threads of Gold: Chinese Textiles from Ming to Ch'ing
is a comprehensive guide to collectible Chinese textiles. The book includes an extensive number of examples and an understandable evaluation system. Threads of Gold is beautifully illustrated with over 500 detailed photos of ceremonial court robes, badges and decorative textiles dating from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) to the Ch'ing Dynasty (1644-1911). The book was written for historians, Asian studies scholars, textile collectors and enthusiasts alike. The book is available for purchase through many online retailers including Amazon.com.
Jeff Josephson was welcomed into the world by the enchanting and majestic backdrop of Glasgow, one of the most exquisite and celebrated destinations in the UK. As if a destiny was ignited by the designs of incredible Victorian architecture and world renowned art museums, Josephson recalls always feeling a sense of determined adoration for jewelry designs. Armed with entrepreneurial instincts, and a keen eye for classic, creative and complex jewelry creations, Jeff Josephson made his first of many successful business ventures as a young man in the early '70s.
A rapidly growing number of Virgin Records storefronts began opening in London, quickly making their way
throughout the UK and into the eclectic city of Glasgow. Sir Richard Charles Bronson, another young man and soon to be business dignitary, is most commonly known for this successful chain of Virgin Records Stores, known today as ‘Virgin Megastores’. When Sir Bronson opened a location outside of Glasgow in 1975, exhibiting areas within the sizeable storefront were rented out to a variety of local entrepreneurs. Jeff Josephson was one of the various exhibitors renting a designated space within the sizeable Virgin Records storefront, officially embarking on the jewelry industry with his ‘Gold Bullion' display. The determined efforts to bring his dreams to fruition continued to prove successful, as his first jewelry store evolved rather quickly into a prominent three location chain in Scotland.
The course of life would change dramatically for Josephson in 1981, when he took one year old Son, Lee Josephson, on a vacation to South Florida. Upon their arrival back home to Glasgow, Jeff recalls vividly the image covering the front page of the newspaper he picked up the very next morning. The immaculate completion of Miami, FL's famous high rise tower, ‘The Palace’, had reached completion in the Brickell neighborhood of Miami. This very photograph of completed amazement in architecture is what Jeff Josephson attributes the inspiration to relocate his family from the city of Glasgow in Scotland to the sunny skies of South Florida.
Lee Josephson now sits side by side with his Father as Vice President of Raymond Lee Jewelers in Boca Raton, FL. Established in 1983, the family owned and operated business has become South Florida's most trusted jewelry sales and service centers. Raymond Lee Jewelers continues to grow within the community, hosting Charity Events, Fundraisers and participating in jewelry industry events world-wide. Erin Josephson, daughter of Jeff Josephson, offers her inherited retail prowess and knowledge of Gemology as an FSU Graduate to Raymond Lee Jewelers.
With an immaculate renovation in 1988, Raymond Lee Jewelers offers local residents of South Florida a
luxurious 3,200 sq. foot showroom, located in the affluent city of Boca Raton. Raymond Lee Jewelers specializes in estate jewelry, with an extensive inventory of the finest estate jewelry, GIA certified diamonds and refurbished luxury watches to be discovered. The collection of estate pieces includes classic designer pieces, such as Cartier Love bangles, Love rings, Tiffany & Co., platinum diamond pieces and rings, Roberto Coin, David Webb and Chopard.
Raymond Lee Jewelers offers an elaborate collection of high quality refurbished watches, including Rolex, Cartier, Omega and Patek Philippe. With professional services of certified watch repair, custom jewelry design, and appraisals by GIA graduate gemologists, Raymond Lee Jewelers is proud to be among the leaders of the jewelry industry, and honored to be a valued exhibitor of US Antique Shows.
To see more merchandise please visit the Chicago Antique Jewelry & Watch Show or visit their website
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