Once Upon a Diamond


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Prince Dimitri founded his jewelry company in 2007 after a longtime position as senior vice president of jewelry at Sotheby's auction house and later head of jewelry at Phillips de Pury and Luxembourg. Carolina Herrera is a fashion designer. Francois Curiel is chairman of Christie's Europe and Asia and head of its global luxury division. Mark Roskams is a New York-based photographer who specializes in architecture and interior design. His work has been featured in Architectural Digest and Elle Decor.


"If you love jewels with a royal lineage—breathtaking tiaras and a noble family that spans across Yugoslavia, Italy, Greece, Belgium and Russia, then you are sure to get lost in jewelry designer Prince Dimitri’s history..." —FORBES.COM

"... Once Upon a Diamond would be perfect for anyone interested in the jewelry collections of Prince Dimitri's family, or for anyone who loves his jewelry designs." —THE COURT JEWELLER 

"In this wide-ranging tome, with the subtitle, ‘a family tradition of royal jewels’ Prince Dimitri shares previously unseen family photo albums belonging to the Grand Duchess Elena of Russia as well as a catalogue of the legendary collection of jewels of the leading women of the European and Russian courts. Prince Dimitri’s first-hand knowledge of this fascinating world, offers a fascinating glimpse into the life of the aristocracy on the cusp of the Russian Revolution....Think of it as a ‘who’s who’ and ‘who owned what’ of jewellery during one of the most exquisite periods of jewellery creation with the frisson of a peek behind the scenes." — THEJEWELLERYEDITOR.COM 

"Royal jewels seem to always be part of historical jewelry conversations. Once Upon a Diamond by jewelry designer Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia is a lavish insider look into his family's love affair with jewels. Proving that England isn't the only place where royal jewels reign, this luscious book includes Italian, Greek, Belgian, Russian, and Yugoslavian royalty and their adornments in both photographs and illustrations." —MEETTHEJEWELERS.COM 

"This perfectly named book will astonish even jewelry connoisseurs. Presented here are Prince Dimitri’s Russian ancestors’ diamonds and other bejeweled treasures, one more iconic than the next. The descriptions are straightforward, mostly touting the gemstones and who wore what when. Dull? Never! Not when you’re treated to the jewels formerly owned by, say, the Grand Duchess Vladimir (Today many of those, courtesy of marriage and strife, reside in the coffers of Queen Elizabeth II).  . Among the beauties: the Kokoshnik Tiara, the Pearl and Diamond Devant de Corsage and the ethereal Collier Résille, a net of diamonds made by Cartier for Queen Alexandra. Images of the jewelry alongside archival photos are sublime. So is the thoughtful presentation and design. The icing on this gemstone cake?—Prince Dimitri’s own jewelry, which is wonderfully fresh, original, joyous and downright gorgeous." — NATURAL DIAMOND COUNCIL

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