“From the moment I was born I was surrounded by fantastic jewels.”
Prince Dimitri founded his company in 2007 after sixteen years as Senior Vice President of Jewelry with Sotheby’s and later as head of Jewelry at Phillips de Pury & Luxembourg auction houses.
Dimitri’s love of jewelry dates from his childhood and unique heritage of a family where the heads of European Royalty were closely tied together in an era of extreme opulence, beauty and culture all over Europe. He began designing jewelry in 1999, with a collection of gemstone cufflinks that was sold at Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. He also designed a line of women’s jewelry that was sold at Barneys New York and Neiman Marcus. He has designed for Asprey’s in London and done special lines for other American companies. With his own jewelry company he has been able to realize his own vision in his love of gemstones; the juxtaposition of unusual materials and color; imaginative forms and paying attention to detail and to superb craftsmanship.
Prince Dimitri is descendant of Catherine the Great, Louis XIV, Charlemagne, the Medicis, the Greek, Danish, Italian, Belgian and Yugoslav royal families. The jewelry collections of these families remain unrivalled for their exquisite beauty, the size of their pearls and lavish Tiaras executed in the finest white diamonds and colored gems. The House of Faberge famous in Russia executed some of this jewelry as well as great French houses such as Cartier, Boucheron and Chaumet.
His paternal great-great grandfather was the Grand Duke Vladimir of Russia, patron of the avant-garde, who spurred the creation of the Ballets Russes. His great-grandmother Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia had inherited all of the diamonds belonging to her mother, Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia. After the Russian Revolution some of this jewelry was acquired by Queen Mary of England and today is worn by the present Queen, Elizabeth II.