NEW YORK — Philip J. Hahn, co-chairman of diamond jewelry company M. Fabrikant & Sons and a pioneer in the diamond industry, died of natural causes on Friday. He was 89.

Hahn began in 1947 with the company that was founded by his great uncle, Max Fabrikant. He is credited, along with partner and cousin Charles Fortgang, with bringing Fabrikant to Antwerp, Belgium; Mumbai, India, and Tel Aviv. Hahn established manufacturing and trading offices in those cities in the Fifties for Fabrikant and other companies followed soon after.

Fabrikant is now a site holder for the Diamond Trading Co. and owns Robert Lee Morris, as well as Simmons Jewelry, a collaboration with Kimora Lee and Russell Simmons.

"He was a presence and a force in the industry," said Rick Cohen, executive vice president of Fabrikant. "He had the most incredible range in the understanding of goods from the cheapest single cuts to the largest and most expensive gemstones. He was the ultimate diamond merchant with the highest integrity. [Fortgang and Hahn] took it from a small, family-run business to a leader in the industry."

Before joining the family business, Hahn served in the U.S. Army in World War II in military intelligence, where he did signals and code breaking. He was given the honor of the Cavalier of the Republic in Italy.

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