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Jacob Arabo, Founder and Chairman of Jacob & Co.
By: Diamond World News Service
Jun 22 2016 3:40PM
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Jacob Arabo’s childhood passion has grown into a globally known jewellery brand. His extravagant designs are worn by the people who have unique style and taste. Jacob, design maverick himself, shares his journey with Kavita Parab.

His name spells lavishness, iconic. Despite his jewellery price being skyhigh, he has ardent list of dedicated patrons. That’s none other than, Jacob Arabo, brain behind some of the breathtaking pieces of jewellery and timepieces. The list of his A-list clients is unending and so is the celebrity adoration that the brand has earned over the years. Talking about the secret behind the immense fame that the brand has garnered in over 25 years, Jacob points out “From the very beginning of my career in jewellery, I have leaned away from what many consider the norm in favour of powerful pieces that stand out. This is what has differentiated Jacob & Co. from other brands, and is what has made the company successful. Following your own creative vision is very important, and is a lesson that I am grateful to have learned early on.”

Early Days
Jacob started designing jewellery when he was 16 years old after his family immigrated to New York from Russia. About finding his true calling in jewellery, the designer says “I had found my passion for jewellery design by age 16, when I began attending a jeweller’s trade school in Brooklyn. After finishing the course, I took a job in a local wholesale jewellery factory. The job was very repetitive, and I wanted to start creating my own pieces, which is where the business stemmed from.” By 17, he had started his own business and was selling his designs.

But his biggest achievement according to him is opening of his first brick and mortar store in the Diamond District at the age of 21. “Now, thirty years later, I view each and every piece as an achievement, but one that can be built upon,” adds the ace designer.

Design Inspirations & Creations
His designs are loved and adored by many. There is novelty in each and every piece that he designs. So, what inspires him to design?

Jacob is not from the league of designers whose designs are only for runway or for display windows in luxury/art galleries. His are the functional pieces. “My largest source of inspiration comes from my clients, but my surroundings constantly inspire me as well. The most difficult aspect of the creation process is functionality, and ensuring that each piece is as functional as it is aesthetically pleasing,” he declares.

Talking about his latest collection, Jacob says “Most of the time, I will have an idea for a design and then work with my creative team and craftsmen to find a way to make the final piece a reality. The Cerastes collection, which launched at Baselworld this year, was a very unique collection to work on in terms of materials, but the final creation was in many ways even more interesting than my initial idea.”

A creature of Greek legend, the Cersastes is the most flexible of all serpents, a slithering symbol from the ages embodying seductive charms and alluring danger

Jacob & Co. offers two jeweled interpretations of one of the most exotic and dangerous of nature’s vipers. The Gold and Snakeskin necklace and bracelet twists sensually around the body like the serpent that guards the mythical tree of life and immortality, featured in many cultures’ mythology.

Talking about his most unique jewellery piece, Jacob says “Every piece poses different challenges in terms of finding the right setting, the right stones to match, functionality, etc. One of the most unique pieces, I have worked on is the Bolero jacket from the Rare Touch Collection. There are so many elements that went into this piece and a lot to take into consideration, but the end-result is stunning.”

Who is his favourite designer, I asked? “Baselworld is always an incredible experience, and I love getting the opportunity to see the astonishing pieces that other brands are working on. I think many of the designers and brands in jewellery push each other to continue striving further and breaking the boundaries,” says Jacob.

Adorning the Jacob & Co. Jewels
As I mentioned earlier, Jacob’s designs are worn by them who have unique personal style and taste. However, I wanted to know what kind of woman would wear his creation. To give me a clear picture of the woman who would wear his jewellery, Jacob says “I have a very eclectic clientele who wants unique creations, that cannot be found elsewhere. They love to push the boundaries of design, just as I do.” This is the passion that has earned the designer global fame and devoted A-list clients.

I further asked him about his suggestions for Indian urban woman. He says “I think the most important thing about dressing and wearing jewellery is how each makes you feel. I want my clients to feel unique and special above all. At Jacob & Co., we applaud individualistic style and strive to create pieces that are equally creative and bold.”

His designs get vast adulation from good-looking women. There must have been some who have been his muses for design inspiration. When asked, he answers “My muse is my wife, Angela. The first watch I created was titled the “Angel” after her.” However, he wishes that it would be incredible to have the U.S. president wear one of his pieces.

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