Zorach Fluk (Z”L), Abraham Fluk’s father, escapes the Second World War, finding refuge in Israel at age 21. As a yeshiva student in Lithuania who had joined Vilna’s underground resistance, Zorach clandestinely acquired visas to help persecuted Jews find safety. Upon his arrival in Israel, Zorach works as a teacher and continues his yeshiva studies.
After studying diamond cutting and polishing in Netanya (then the capital of the Israeli diamond industry), Zorach Fluk and his long-time friend, Joseph Goldfinger, establish Goldfinger-Fluk, an independent diamond manufacturing company in Tel Aviv. Three years later, in 1949, the company becomes one of the first DTC Sightholders in Israel.
Zorach Fluk, a founding member of the Israeli Diamond Industry, is found murdered at the Goldfinger-Fluk factory. Zorach, age 39, was a beloved husband and father to four young children. The case remains unsolved to this day. Zorach’s wife Zina continues running the company, which in1962 becomes the leading DTC diamond dealer in Israel.
Abraham Fluk, Zorach’s eldest son, joins the industry and establishes Abraham Fluk Diamonds, an independent import-export company.
Abraham Fluk Diamonds partners with the Sussholz family’s Yahalomei Espeka Israel Ltd. The newly-formed Yahalomei Espeka International Ltd., a DTC Sightholder, becomes an industry leader in the manufacturing and distribution of small fine-make round diamonds. Abraham Fluk Diamonds’ partnership with the Sussholz family gave way to a strong new company with advanced management practices and financial clout. The synergy of both families’ traditions brought prosperity and growth to the new venture.
YEI establishes production facilities in Guangzhou, China, becoming one of the first major diamond producers to make a substantial investment in Chinese manufacturing.
The President of Israel honors Yahalomei Espeka (Israel) with the “Outstanding Diamond Exporter” Award for exceptional progress in international exports.
Ori Fluk, Abraham’s son, is appointed Director of YEI Rough Purchasing and Manufacturing. Ori had joined YEI’s Rough Department in 1998 after completing advanced studies in diamond manufacturing. He also holds a BA in Computer Science and Management from Tel Aviv University. Prior to his studies, Ori had graduated yeshiva and completed Israeli army service.
40 years after his tragic murder, the Israel Diamond Manufacturers Association honors the late Zorach Fluk with the esteemed “Israel Diamond Industry Dignitary” designation.
YEI opens a new Service Office on 5th Avenue in New York City, exploring new opportunities in the market and strengthening its relationships with leading North American clients.
YEI strengthens its position in the Far East and establishes a Service Office in Hong Kong, benefitting from a deeper understanding of clients’ operations and individual needs.
In Antwerp, Belgium, YEI’s fourth international Service Office opens its doors as a service hub to clients throughout the European Union. New opportunities in Belgium also expand YEI’s rough trade.
After 10 years of manufacturing in China YEI moves to new facilities in Guangzhou, opening one of the largest, most technologically sophisticated polishing factories in the world. The factory complex accommodates over 2,500 skilled craftsmen and sorters with housing, medical and sport facilities.
YEI is restructured, forming a new manufacturing and distribution company, Yoshfe Diamonds International Ltd (YDI). Under Abraham Fluk’s sole ownership, Ori Fluk is appointed CEO of all YDI operations, including the state-of the-art Chinese manufacturing facilities and the international offices in Israel, Belgium, Hong Kong, and the USA. YDI also celebrates the Fluk family’s 60 years as a DTC Sightholder.
Optimizing its service through innovation, YDI launches an updated Assortment Code – a simple, effective coding system with over 1,700 items. Size, Color, and Clarity designations form an easy three-digit code using YDI’s coding system for efficient ordering and reordering.
YDI becomes a Forevermark Diamantaire, one of a select few to manufacture Forevermark diamonds under 2 carats. YDI’s strict commitment to high-quality production standards and conflict-free sourcing goes hand-in-hand with the Forevermark brand.
YDI becomes a DTC Sightholder in its own right, following the dissolution of the YEI Group. The Fluk family continues its 63-year tradition as Sightholders.
YDI trademarks a new brand name for its reliable sorting system: SORTIFIED classifying its inventory of 0.005 ct to 2.00 ct, categorized into over 1,700 reliable SORTIFIED Key Codes based on size, clarity and color. The name attests to the accuracy, consistency and precision of YDI’s assortments.