Have you heard the exciting news? We’re honored to share that Carolyn Rafaelian, Founder, CEO, and Chief Creative Officer of ALEX AND ANI, is on the cover of Forbes’ “America’s Self-Made Women” issue!


The eight page editorial spread chronicles Rafaelian’s incredible journey and mission. It includes a family history of more than 50 years in the jewelry manufacturing industry that led her where she is today, starting with her grandfather passing through Ellis Island in search of life and promise.

Members of the ALEX AND ANI team came together to congratulate Carolyn on her monumental accomplishment.

In Rhode Island, the Jewelry Capital of the World, her father founded his own jewelry company and paved the way for his daughter and ALEX AND ANI. Rafaelian’s life is rooted in tradition and the desire to set an example of humanitarianism for the next generation – including her own daughters.

As ALEX AND ANI continues to expand worldwide, Rafaelian maintains her commitment to creating meaningful products that are an extension of her very being. Her designs draw upon the wisdom and technology of ancient cultures, and are created with meticulous research and attention to detail.

This tremendous recognition would not be possible without our amazing fans. Thank you for your support of our mission to positively empower and connect humanity.

We invite you to read the article in full and thank Forbes for this honor!

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Brendon Cunha
Written by Brendon Cunha
A guy with a passion for weaving words, I enjoy reading novels, sipping iced coffee, and indulging my Disney obsession. I am the Senior Editorial Copywriter who develops content for the blog and mobile app. My favorite quote is: “All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney