You don’t need to be a fashionista to know about Jacob Arabo. Anyone with a little general knowledge and awareness would know who this self-made man is. He is a jeweler, as he fondly calls himself. But his story is really a fascinating one. He is an inspiration to all ambitious entrepreneurs who regard their humble background to be hindrances on their way to success. Jacob Arabo is a first generation billionaire who achieved success in his life with splendid business acumen and ambition to be a successful. Read on for some fascinating stories of this jeweler’s life which can be a motivation for many.
Jacob Arabo was born Yakov Arabov in Uzbekistan in 1965. Fate played it’s first card when in 1979, is family migrated to USA. A 14 years old Yakob was enrolled in a formal school and became Jacob Arabo. But very soon he realized that traditional mode of education is not meant for him. He discontinued his studies at this point of his life and joined a jewelry making program of six months. It was now that he came to know his forte and in no time he outshone other pupils of the class. He performed so well that he was certified in four months only and could open a small booth in the dazzling Diamond District of Manhattan. This happened in 1981 and for the next five years, he prepared himself for bigger ventures while designing and making jewelries under different labels.
In 1986, Jacob Arabo opened his own company named Jacob & Co with his jewelry brand Diamond Quasar. His first celebrity client was Faith Evans of R&B who along with her rapper husband Notorious BIG, took a fancy on his designs and introduced the brand to many of their friends. This helped Jacob rising to fame quite soon. But his excellence was in maintaining, rather raising his standards by offering exclusive and variant designs. By 2002, he expanded his business by manufacturing designers watches. It is said that if anything can set with diamonds, Arabo will design it.
Today, he has taken his company and brand to a position where his clients proudly flaunt his designs in camera glare to show off their class. Yes, a Jacob & Co design in ears, wrist or finger not only boasts of your opulence but also of the class that you belong to. He uses the rare gems gathered from the whole world be it different colored gemstones from Africa, or large clear colorless Golconda diamonds from India. These rare and the best quality stones make his designs all the more exquisite. When Jacob Arabo, started his business venture, his designs were moderately priced, now he surely targets a particular strata of the society.
His Flagship Boutique at East 57th Street in New York City, more stores all over Europe and North America, the latest $18 million watch Billionaire in 18 carat white gold which holds about 260 carats diamonds of emerald cut with a sapphire crystal, $2.4 million Caviar emerald tourbillon watch, the $20 million rings with fancy colored diamonds and stones speak volumes of the journey that Jacob Arabo undertook. His story is the perfect example of the popular adage “from rags to riches”.