Once Upon a Diamond, A Family Tradition of Royal Jewels ($80) is one of those rare books that sparkles from the moment you lift it out of the box. This is a truly beautiful book written by a noted jewelry expert and designer who happens to be a prince as well.
Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia is one of a set of twins (he has a brother Prince Michael), the sons of the late Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia and Princess Maria Pia of Italy. He is as passionate about his family’s history as he is about royal jewelry. For many years he served as senior vice president of jewels at Sotheby’s before he left to start his own jewelry design firm.