Don & Jan Haack
Since 1955 when they left the U.S. to set up a home and mining operation on the border river between Brazil and British Guiana, Donald (1930-2009) and Janet Haack were involved in the diamond business. From mining, trading, and selling rough diamonds to the industry, living outside of the U.S. for 26 years to the founding of one of the nation’s pre-eminent and most respected sources for diamond and precious gem jewelry, their names are synonymous with experience and quality.
Warren Haack-Kral (President)
Warren began his journey with Donald Haack Diamonds (DHD) in 2011 while finishing his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Two years into his career at DHD, he left the company to move to South Florida with his wife Dr. Heather Ryan. Six years later he rejoined DHD with experience in fine watches and antiquities. Warren took over as President and third generation owner in 2023. He enjoys incorporating the stories of his grandparents’ mining in South America into the company. In addition, Warren takes pride in upholding the legacy Don and Jan began in the 1980’s and that his mother, Julie Haack, carried on 2007-2023. He is thrilled to continue the family business.
Julie Haack (C.E.O.)
Julie started her career with Donald Haack Diamonds in 1996 because of a passion for distinctly unique jewelry. She succeeded her father (Donald Haack) as second generation owner in 2007, and continued that role until 2023. She maintains the tradition of giving back to the community, as she serves on several local boards. Today, she assists clients, maintains a leadership role as CEO, and mentors her son as he transitions into his new role as President in 2023. Raised on the Caribbean Island of Grenada, Julie earned her BA degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, followed by a Master’s degree in Naturopathic Health. Julie is married to David Murray.
Jennifer joined our sales staff in February 2004. She lends her creative talents to custom design and estate redesign, creating a signature style in jewelry. She also assists in buying for Donald Haack Diamonds and is involved in website photography, print photography and social media planning. A graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BA degree in Political Science who has been involved in the jewelry industry since 1999, Jennifer has continued her education in the jewelry industry with certificates from GIA in Diamonds and in Diamond Grading. She grew up in a military household and lived in south Florida, England, and Pennsylvania. Jennifer and her husband have an adorable baby boy.
Christina has worked in the jewelry industry since 1986 in both sales and management. She joined Donald Haack Diamonds in 2000 and is furthering her education by completing a number of certificates with GIA, including Diamonds and Diamond Grading, Colored Stones and Colored Stone Grading and Pearls. As our insurance claims administrator, she assists with buying for the store. Christina enjoys working with clients to create custom designed jewelry as well as handling insurance claims. She is an active member of the Charlotte Association of Insurance Professionals. Chris is married and has 2 daughters.
A Master Craftsman who joined the goldsmith studio at Donald Haack Diamonds in March 2005, Russell started casting metals when he was in a high school art class. With over 40 years of experience in designing, crafting, and fabricating fine jewelry, he works with all metals. Russell studied at the Revere Academy (a premier educational institution in jewelry arts) and has experience using the latest laser fabrication technology. Russell enjoys cycling, fishing and canoeing. He and his wife have a son who is following in his father’s artistic footsteps.
Robbie joined the goldsmith studio at Donald Haack Diamonds in January 2004 with over 20 years in jewelry repair and design. He has studied stone setting, jewelry design and fabrication at the Revere Academy, and has participated in the Annual Jeweler’s Bench Conferences. Most recently, Robbie has advanced his jewelry design skills by studying the matrix, an innovative 3D jewelry design software, which enables Donald Haack Diamonds to be one of the few jewelry stores in Charlotte to offer this type of jewelry creation. Robbie and his wife are the proud parents of a beautiful daughter. Robbie enjoys cycling, golfing and running in his spare time.
Jackie joined the Donald Haack team in March 2016. After 30 years in construction accounting and a brief retirement, she is excited about working part-time in the jewelry retail business. She enjoys reading, working in the yard, kayaking on the New River, playing with friends and spending time with her family and dog Jake.
Paige joined the Donald Haack Team in 2023. She grew up in the Charlotte & Rock Hill area. While attending Winthrop University, she received a BA in Art acquired her Teaching Licensure. She earned her Graduate Gemologist Degree from the GIA while teaching. After eleven years of teaching art, Paige moved into jewelry sales where she has remained since 2015. After spending one semester studying abroad in Italy, she realized her love of travel. She also enjoys yoga, kayaking as well as drawing in her free time.
Leslie joined the Donald Haack Diamonds team in June 2018. She has an extensive background in retail and is a former NCLMBT licensed Massage Therapist. Being from Ohio she grew up watching the Cleveland Browns and The Ohio State Buckeyes, she is an avid football fan. She loves traveling. Her favorite U.S. vacation was Alaska and Overseas it was Oktoberfest in Germany. Leslie is married and has 2 daughters.
The fully-equipped grading laboratory at Donald Haack Diamonds is managed by Scott whose vast knowledge of diamonds and colored gems stands behind the appraisals which accompany DHD products. With over 40 years’ experience in evaluating diamonds and gemstones, Scott has expertise that includes appraisals of estate and vintage jewelry. He is a Graduate Gemologist who follows strict GIA (Gemological Institute of America) standards when grading every diamond bought and/or sold by DHD. Scott and his wife have a daughter and grandson. He enjoys working in the outdoors in his spare time.
Georgette brought her love of design and her creative background when she joined the Donald Haack Diamonds team in May 2021. As our website & social media specialist, she oversees our social media and marketing, manages the website inventory, and stays up to date with the latest fashion trends in the jewelry industry. Georgette graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BFA in Graphic Design and a minor in Fashion Marketing. She enjoys traveling and exploring the city of Charlotte with her fiancé and their dog.