Polish-born Zorach Fluk 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 Tel Aviv, Israel, Zorach works as a teacher and continues his Yeshiva studies.
After studying diamond cutting and polishing in Netanya (then a 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 De Beers 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 one of the leading manufacturers, which in1962 becomes Israel's leading DTC diamond dealer in addition to the Manufacturer Sight.
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, improving efficiency and service. The newly-formed Yahalomei Espeka International, 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 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 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 has joined YEI's Rough Department in 1998 after completing his studies in in diamond polishing and acquiring BA in Computer Science and Management from Tel Aviv University. Prior to his advanced diamond studies which included all the steps of manufacturing, Ori has graduated yeshiva and completed Israeli army service.
The Israel Diamond Manufacturers Association honors the late Zorach Fluk with the esteemed "Israel Diamond Industry Dignitary" designation which took place 40 years after his tragical murder, a year in which YEI received an award of the Outstanding Exporter from the President of Israel.
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 of polished goods throughout the European Union. New opportunities in Belgium expand YEI's rough trade.
After 10 years of manufacturing in China YEI moves to new facilities in Guangzhou, China, 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 subsidiary 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 1,500 items. Size, Color, and Clarity form an easy three-digit code based on 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 65-year tradition as Sightholders.