Over a conversation in New York, Rafael Fouzailoff, president and designer of New York-based jeweler JB Star shares his thoughts with Elite Traveler on the upcoming 70th anniversary of his family business and his unique mix of knowledge, creativity, and unparalleled passion for jewelry.
Since his youth, Rafael has been surrounded by a rich history of unique stones and precious gems. His father created one of the largest diamond-manufacturing companies in Israel in 1946 and has continued to work with the business since. At 94 years, he is a true testament to the tradition of family business and heritage of excellence.
For Rafael, diamonds were always much more than a commodity, but an outlet for remarkable creativity, design and purpose. A true visionary, Rafael founded JB Star in 1980 and has since steadfastly produced timeless stunning pieces of the highest quality jewelry in the world, including the gorgeous fancy yellow diamond ring featuring a magnificent 6.26ct, GIA certified fancy yellow radiant diamond center, accented by emerald diamonds and edged with micro-pavé and additional fancy yellow diamonds, handcrafted in platinum and 18k gold (pictured right).
With the highest standards of excellence in mind and a deep passion for precision, JB Star has become a successful and admired brand associated with the names of many of the finest retailers in the United States. Known for creating pieces that surpass industry standards of design and craftsmanship, Rafael has continued to challenge himself to remain innovative and breathe life into every design produced. For this reason every piece is handcrafted at his Fifth Avenue facility to ensure the highest quality, precision and attention to detail possible. Rafael’s wealth of experience is essential to the quality of his designs and is instantly recognizable. He firmly believes that it is not enough to be a good designer; skill, knowledge, experience and an ability to adapt and evolve with clientele is critical to his success.
JB Star is a brand for individuals who are passionate about jewelry and consider their pieces to be wearable works of art. Rafael and his team strive to go above and beyond, bringing a fresh new light to an industry steeped in centuries of tradition.
For more information, please visit jbstar.com or call +1 800 223 2277 for Rafi or David.