Jacob the Jeweler
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Jacob the Jeweler

Jacob Arabo (born 1964) is a Bukharian[1]-American jeweler and founder of Jacob & Company.

Early life

Jacob Arabo (born Yakov Arabov) emigrated with his family when he was 14 from the former Soviet Union republic of Uzbekistan to the United States.[2] As a youngster he had an interest in his family's jewelry and time pieces. At age 16, he discontinued his formal education before completing high school and enrolled in a six-month jewelry-making course, which he graduated four months later.[2] By the time he was 17 years old he was designing his own pieces in his own jewelry factory near New York City's diamond district.[3]


Initially selling his pieces from a kiosk in the Kaplan Jewelry Exchange (in the heart of New York City's jewelry district), by the age of 21, Arabo had officially started his own company, called Diamond Quasar, and began designing his own Jacob & Co. branded jewelry.[4][5]

Although he started out offering moderately priced, traditional jewelry, Arabo's design sense soon caught the eyes of celebrities, singers, and artists in the hip-hop and rap music world. In the early 1990s his clientele and business grew, and Arabo became known as "Jacob the Jeweler," the moniker first appearing in rap songs by Jay-Z, Nas and other rappers.[3][6]

In 2005 he relocated to a "mine-inspired" storefront on East 57th Street.[7] The townhouse space is adorned with Arabo's signature five-time-zone watches.[8]


In June 2006, Arabo was arrested on charges of money laundering and conspiracy in connection with the Detroit-based Black Mafia Family, as well as for not declaring large cash purchases to the IRS. In October 2007, after admitting to lying to investigators, Arabo and his attorney, Ben Brafman, entered a plea in which the more serious charges of money-laundering were dropped.[3] In June 2008, Arabo was sentenced to two and a half years in prison, fined $50,000, and ordered to forfeit $2 million to the U.S. government. Arabo was released from jail in April 2010.[9]


Jacob & Co.'s watch, "The World is Yours", was a 2006 Travel + Leisure Design Award winner.[10]

In popular culture

Arabo was featured in the game Def Jam Fight For NY, in which the players' hip-hop characters compete to earn cash with which they can buy jewelry from Jacob the Jeweler.[3]

Arabo is well known in the entertainment industry for his unique jewelry designs and is mentioned in several hip-hop songs as "Jacob the Jeweler" or just "Jacob";[11]

  • "I went to Jacob an hour after I got my advance / I just wanted to shine." - "Touch the Sky" by Kanye West.[3]
  • "I took you outta Jacob's in clusters / Busters, they wanted to rush us / Love the way you sparkle when the sun touch ya." - "Girl's Best Friend" by Jay-Z.[3]
  • "Take her to the diamond district, introduce her to Jacob / Tell her if she like me she should keep me icey." - "Get in My Car" by 50 Cent.[3]
  • "Big was the first one that had it / Now Jacob the Jeweler benefit from my habits." - "First Chain" by Big Sean.[12]

Personal life

Arabo married his wife, Angela, when he was 24 and they live in Forest Hills, Queens, in a brick Colonial house they bought for $1.17 million in 1999.[11]


  1. ^ Nancy Jo Sales (November 2006). "Is Hip-Hop's Jeweler on the Rocks?". Vanity Fair.
  2. ^ a b "Jacob Arabov: From Rags to Riches" (Press release). Free Press Release. January 25, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Staff, Jpsace. "Jspace Sits Down with Jacob Arabo from Jacob & Co". Jpsace.com. Archived from the original on 9 August 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ "GURU: Jacob Arabo; Quarry of Choice for Rappers' Rocks". August 15, 1999. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "One on One: A Sparkling Success, Jacob Arabo". Haute Living Magazine. November 2, 2011. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ "Jacob Arabo: Person Details". CrunchBase. AOL Inc. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ Ahern, Kaitlin. "Jacob Arabo - The Style Interview". nyluxury.com. Davler Media Group LLC. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ "Jacob & Co". New York Magazine. Archived from the original on November 19, 2018. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ Gil Kaufman (June 24, 2008). "Jacob 'The Jeweler' Arabov, Diamond Merchant To Countless Rappers, Sentenced To Two And A Half Years In Prison". MTV.com. Retrieved 2011.
  10. ^ Levent Ozler. "Travel + Leisure Magazine Names Winners of Second Annual Design Awards". Dexigner. Retrieved 2006.
  11. ^ a b "Jacob The Jeweler And Where He Came From". Love & Pieces. Retrieved 2014.
  12. ^ Big Sean (Ft. Kid Cudi & Nas) - First Chain, retrieved

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