Heinz Mayer –
Tradition since 1599
More than 400 years of company history lie
behind the Heinz Mayer jewellery manufactory
in Idar-Oberstein. Take a trip on an extraordinary
journey through time…
1492Christopher Columbus discovers America
1517Beginning of the Protestant Reformation in Europe by Martin Luther
1599Beginning of the Heinz Mayer family tradition
The gemstone cutter Johannes Becker establishes our family tradition, which has endured to this day in the jewellery and gemstone industry.
1618 – 1648Thirty Years’ War
1776American Declaration of Independence
1855Emigration to South America
The gemstone deposits in Idar-Oberstein and the surrounding area are exhausted. Driven by economic necessity, the brothers and cousins of the great-grandfather of today's owners Frank and Stefan Mayer, emigrate to Brazil and Uruguay and send rough stones back to be processed in their homeland. Strong family ties to South America still exist today.
1883World’s first skyscraper in Chicago
1875Garnet cutter Gustav Postler
Gustav Postler, from Bohemia (today part of the Czech Republic) teaches the first lapidaries in Idar-Oberstein to cut on the horizontal steel wheel, among them is the great-grandfather of today's company owners, Frank and Stefan Mayer.
1886The first car
1914 – 1918The First World War
1918Women’s suffrage in Germany
1919Treaty of Versailles
1926Philipp Becker receives Master title
The grandfather of the current owners earns the title of master gemstone cutter and lapidary. He was one of the first protagonists of the now popular buff-top cut.
Philipp Becker, the grandfather of the current company owners, produced commissioned pieces for the Green Vault in Dresden and the Vatican.
1939 – 1945The Second World War
1948The establishment of the State of Israel
1950Founding of the Heinz Mayer company tradition
Following the end of the Second World War, Heinz Mayer, the father of the current owners and a trained diamond and gemstone cutter, starts his own diamond cutting company. His most prestigious customer is Harry Winston from New York.
post 1950Adapting to the times
Political and social factors in the post-war period cause the diamond cutting industry to decline. The diamond and gemstone cutter Heinz Mayer therefore increasingly focuses on the production of high-quality jewellery using coloured gemstones and diamonds.
1960John F. Kennedy becomes president of the USA
1960The first buying office
In the 1960s Heinz Mayer opens its first buying office in Antwerp. Further offices in Bangkok, Jaipur, Hong Kong and Kobe are established in the following years.
1961Construction of the Berlin Wall.
1969THE FIRST MANNED MOON LANDING AND WOODSTOCK
1970German Chancellor Willy Brandt lays a wreath and kneels in remembrance of the victims of the Warsaw Ghetto.
1970The Ring Expert
The increased focus on the production of rings in the 1970s and 80s earns Heinz Mayer the nickname "The Ring Expert".
1990Taking over the company management
Frank and Stefan Mayer take over the management of the company from their father Heinz Mayer
1994Jewellery collection for Wolfgang Joop
Contact with Wolfgang Joop leads to the creation of the first jewellery collection for a fashion brand, which is successfully established in the jewellery market by Heinz Mayer.
2000GEM-FEST in Basel, Switzerland.
Stefan Mayer is invited by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) to the GEM-FEST in Basel as a guest speaker.
2002The introduction of the Euro.
2004Supplier of Choice
The Heinz Mayer company takes part in the DeBeers ‘Supplier of Choice’ programme.
2005In Germany, Bundeskanzlerin (Chancellor) is the word of the year 2005.
2005Creation of the Rolls Royce Motor Cars centenary jewellery
Heinz Mayer is invited by Rolls Royce Motor Cars to create a bracelet for the company’s centenary. The celebrations take place in England, Tokyo, Long Island and Kuwait’s Royal Palace. This piece of jewellery for Rolls Royce’s centenary remains the only officially authorised piece of jewellery in the 100-year history of Rolls Royce Motor Cars.
Royal houses and their court jewellers all over the world are now among Heinz Mayer oHG's clientele.
2006Invitation from the Gemological Institute of America
Stefan Mayer is invited by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) to San Diego to speak on the topic: "Gemstone Treatment: Friend or Foe?” This global gemmological symposium, which takes place every 7-10 years, is opened by none other than Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State of the United States of America.
2006A great honour for Heinz Mayer in Japan
Another milestone: the German Ambassador to Japan presents Heinz Mayer oHG at his residence in Tokyo. The premium Japanese department store Takashimaya and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars invite their Japanese customers to get to know Heinz Mayer´s jewellery in the ambience of the German Embassy in Tokyo. A great honour.
2006The participants’ pin
The participants’ pin for the Baden-Baden Entrepeneur Talks (B.B.U.G.) is made by Heinz Mayer´s jewellery workshop.
2008Barack Obama becomes the first African-American president of the United States.
2014Harvard Business School
Stefan Mayer is invited to the founding event of the GIA Global Leadership Program at Harvard Business School. Since then Heinz Mayer has participated annually in this exclusive discussion forum as one of two European voices.
2018Partnership with De Beers Forevermark
Since January 2018, the jewellery manufacturer Heinz Mayer has been the official, exclusive distribution partner of De Beers ‘Forevermark’ diamonds in Germany and Austria. This exclusive diamond brand is already available in over 2,100 shops worldwide and enjoys a high level of brand recognition, especially in America and Asia. The German premiere of the diamond collection took place in November 2018. As the icing on the cake, Heinz Mayer offers exclusive access to the official De Beers Forevermark Red Carpet Collection for exhibition purposes. These exquisite one-off pieces are worn by celebrities at events such as the MTV Music Awards, the Golden Globes and the Oscars in Hollywood.
2019Creation of the Bentley Jewellery Collection
At Baselworld 2019, Heinz Mayer presents the Bentley Jewellery Collection in celebration of Bentley Motor’s 100th anniversary. The collection was designed in close cooperation with the world-famous English automobile manufacturer’s own designers. The world premiere in Basel is followed by the Asian premiere in Hong Kong in September of the same year.