Today we’d like to introduce you to Yitzchok Golfeiz.
Hi Yitzchok, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
My father immigrated from Iran right before the Revolution in his country. His father was a famous doctor and valued education, so he sent my father “Gabe” to the states to attend college. Gabe studied engineering in Oklahoma for a few years and decided to move to Baltimore in the early ’80s to strengthen his Judaism.
At that point in time, Baltimore had a flourishing orthodox Jewish community that also served as a haven for Persian jews that had to escape persecution from the newly formed Iranian government. After working as an engineering for a few years, he heard about the jewelry industry. In the early ’90s, the jewelry industry was booming and gained a lot of interest in my father’s eyes. He started off working as a jewelry engraver in a small jewelry store, and then moved on to opening his own Jewelry/engraving store in the heart of Pikesville, MD called “Pikesville Engravers”.
His love for his work grew over the many years in the industry and he gave over that love to his children. Although all of my other siblings followed other career paths. I – Itzik Golfeiz-his youngest child decided to follow my father in this field and take it to a new level. A little over 3 years ago I- together with my father and first cousin Ruben opened up “Gabe & Rubens Jewelers”. We run an Instagram account under the name @gabeandrubensjewelry and have just under 5,000 followers.
We’ve really grown and we’ve been blessed to have really amazing customers. The relationship with some of our customers goes back over 20 years and for that, we are blessed. We hope to continue growing and providing the Pikesville community with an honest jeweler for many years to come.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
We definitely had our struggles along the way, namely during the recession in 2008. At one point we were going to close the store and go into a different industry. Luckily, we made it by on the edge.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
We have a large selection of gold and diamond jewelry.
Some of our services:
-Custom Jewelry Designs
-Luxury Watch Repair
What sets us apart from the other Jewelers in the area is that we carry quality jewelry at low price points. We’re proud that we also build amazing connections with our customers and our customers always have the best things to say about our store.
How do you think about happiness?
We sell a lot of jewelry, but I think the thing that makes us the happiest is when we create a diamond engagement ring for a brand new couple. There’s nothing like being at the start of a couple’s journey together.
- Email: Itzikgolfeiz@aol.com
- Instagram: @gabeandrubensjewelry
- Facebook: itzikgolfeiz