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Crowning Achievements

Jewelry designer Lily Rachel Kaufman joins other philanthropy-oriented Generation X women in KOLOT

by Michael Aushenker

November 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

You've seen them on "Friends," "Seinfeld," "Dharma & Greg," "Melrose Place." You've spotted them in films: "The Pelican Brief," "Miami Rhapsody." They're not actors, but they share scenes with today's hottest stars: Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Brooke Shields. Yet do you know them by name?

If you don't, you soon will. The jewelry Lily Rachel Kaufman creates has been turning up everywhere -- not just on the person of Sarah Jessica Parker and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss in popular entertainment fare, but in Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and Neiman-Marcus. And on Dec. 1, KOLOT -- a division of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles' Women's Campaign -- will throw a special cocktail at the Lily Rachel Showroom in Beverly Hills.

While meeting Kaufman at her newly-opened showroom, the petite brunette seems smitten with the studio, which overlooks the lunchtime hustle and bustle of downtown Beverly Hills.

"It reminds me of New York," says the shy 30-year-old designer, looking out the window past the fire escape.

Born Lily Rachel Moshe, Kaufman grew up in Long Island until age nine, when her family moved West. Of Iraqi-Jewish descent, the Moshes have been in the gem business for several generations, specializing in pearls. Today, Lily's parents and siblings all participate in running their downtown-based family business, Alsol Gems.

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