Valentine’s Working day is looming on the calendar, which implies it’s the time to start out scouting presents that honor the year’s most passionate holiday. Ahead of you start off, nonetheless, it’s truly worth setting the honorable aim of acquiring a blockbuster jewellery e book, a Will have to-Have, Intellect-Blowing and Mouth Watering quantity for Valentine’s Working day, some thing that is beautifully prepared, lavishly illustrated and embodying the psychological electricity, eternal romance and uncommon benefit of epic jewels.

Printed by Rizzoli New York, “Once Upon A Diamond: A Family Tradition of Royal Jewels”, is an unparalleled jewellery saga of global historic value. This 10” x 13” coffee table tome (now in its second printing) aspects in words and photographs the bejeweled life and fates of Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia’s most noteworthy family members customers. Dimitri, as he prefers to be resolved, is component of a European royal lineage which contains Catherine the Good and the deposed royal households of Italy, Russia, Greece and Yugoslavia. What is a lot more, his mother is Princess Maria Pia of Bourbon-Parma, who is regarded to have amassed an epic emerald collection.

In crisp prose, archival pictures and Dimitri’s recollections, their remarkable jewelry collections are living eternally in intriguing detail. Some of the most mouth watering jewels in “Once Upon A Diamond” include the Kokoshnik Tiara, the Pearl and Diamond Devant de Corsage and the scintillating Collier Résille, a internet of diamonds created by Cartier for Queen Alexandra. Hint: if you or any person you know is besotted by diamonds in general and tiaras in individual, then this is THE ebook for you.

The book amply illustrates how New York-centered Dimitri is also an attained luxurious jewelry designer who makes 1-of-a-form and constrained edition jewels from a large array of resources for individuals of all genders, selling price factors and ages. When Dimitri’s to start with selection was a 1999 assortment of gemstone cufflinks that retailed at Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue, he also developed a line of women’s jewelry that bought at Barneys New York and Neiman Marcus. In addition, Dimitri has intended for Asprey’s in London and developed exclusive lines for numerous U.S. companies. Dimitri launched his jewelry organization with business companion Todd Morley in 2007 right after serving as a senior vice president of jewellery at Sotheby’s auction property, and afterwards, as head of jewellery at the auction property Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg. Right now, Dimitri satisfies with consumers privately appointments can be organized by Dimitri’s web-site.

Co-authored by Lavinia Branca Snyder, “Once On A Diamond” includes an participating foreword by U.S. vogue designer Carolina Herrera and an authoritative introduction by François Curiel, the Geneva-primarily based jewelry specialist and auctioneer who is presently the Chairman of Christies in Europe. Incredibly lucid images by Mark Roskams files the layouts of Prince Dimitri in their best light-weight. Previously unpublished layouts by Prince Dimitri harmonize gemstones, cherished metals, rare woods and other intriguing supplies in sculpturally innovative silhouettes and enduringly chic, colourful principles.

Among the the numerous royals whose lives and jewels are lovingly chronicled in this quantity are Prince Dimitri’s paternal grandparents Prince Regent Paul and Princess Olga of Yugoslavia. Then there are also Grand Duke Vladimir and Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia. Prince Dimitri’s excellent-grandparents Prince Nicolas and Princess Helen of Greece and their jewels also figure in this royal family members jewellery saga. While there is a great deal profound emotion expressed in this book, Prince Dimitri’s tale is never ever sentimental or cloying. Alternatively, the textual content and captions are animated by his lifelong love of his family, gemstones and other organic supplies, jewellery design, and his abiding love of nature and artwork.

While Dimitri writes really affectingly about his maternal grandparents King Umberto II and Queen Marie-José of Italy and their vanished entire world, the depth of appreciate that Dimitri expresses for his mother and father would make this e-book even much more influencing. Spouse and children picture albums of Grand Duchess Elena of Russia (later on Princess of Greece and Prince Dimitri’s good-grandmother) enliven “Once Upon A Diamond” with hardly ever-right before-viewed illustrations or photos from the pre-innovative everyday living and times of Russia’s imperial family members. These rare pictures supply new insights into how Russian imperial family members, royalty and their court docket, along with their European royal spouse and children users and friends, adorned themselves.

One particular of the most unusual and worthwhile jewellery books in latest memory, “Once On A Diamond: A Family Tradition of Royal Jewels” serves as a visual echo chamber and incomparable archive of European royal jewelry historical past and the timeless jewelry creations by New York-based mostly Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia.

By Amalia