In the heart of Mid-Town Manhattan, at the world famous Diamond and Jewelry District of 47th Street in New York City, sits an extraordinary Jeweler, Rafael Fouzailoff, who’s family business for decades, JB Star, has been designing and creating from scratch, some of the most spectacular jewels the industry has ever seen!
Rafael, known to his friends and business colleagues as Rafi, began his career in jewelry as a kid growing up in the family business. His father and uncles, the Fouzailoff family, immigrated to Israel from Bukhara Uzbekistan, and were one of the pioneers in the 1940’s formation of The Israel Diamond Exchange IDE, a Multi-Billion dollar global powerhouse in the world distribution of Diamonds.
The Fouzailoffs formed PAZ Diamonds in 1958, in Ramat-Gan Israel, and pulled the strengths of the family members to work hard, selling diamonds around the world, that were polished in Israel.
Rafi and family settled in New York City and he was exposed to the finest jewelry houses in the world along 5th avenue…ultimately leading to his passion of seeing the finest quality diamonds and gems, handcrafted and set into precious metals, become wonderful works of art.
Rafi focused his energy, efforts and serious passion, in achieving the virtually impossible task of making everything in-house, at the company’s headquarters on 5th Avenue! This gargantuan feat was not easy to say the least…and in 1980 Jewels by Star was born, JB Star for short.
Design, stone selection, casting, setting, finishing, polishing, pricing, shipping, servicing…you name it, they do it in-house still.
It’s an anomaly among USA jewelry companies, where over 90% of jewelers subcontract out their work, to have a made in USA jeweler compete in the arena among the finest jewelers in the world, and stand the test of time. That is JB Star!
Today Rafael continues his flagship family heritage as the President of JB Star in New York, diligently overseeing and touching each and every jeweled creation before launching it through his private jewelry network of premium retailers.
Rafi remains as one of the most respected and admired jewelry mavericks in the business. He still provides old world service and dependability for his jewelry store clients, providing joy and happiness to fortunate souls worldwide through his exceptional jewelry, ready to pass on to the next generation.
Rafael Fouzailoff makes our Bling list of the 1,000 most influential people in the industry. A serious testament to hard work, a great reputation, passion for excellence and expressing a deep love for what you do!