A family tradition of royal jewels is brought to life in this glittering tome by Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia

A family tradition of royal jewels is brought to life in this glittering tome by Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia

His Royal Highness recounts the extraordinary jewellery collections of his family in this richly illustrated Rizzoli tome

When Tatler asked H.R.H. Princess Paul of Yugoslavia to grace its February 1940 cover, the sister of Marina, Duchess of Kent stepped in front of Cecil Beaton’s lens sporting a dramatic ruby and diamond parure, topped off with a laurel wreath motif tiara. It’s through gems such as the princess’ garland of high-carat leaves that Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia traces his ancestor’s history in Once Upon a Diamond: A Family Tradition of Royal Jewels. Published this September by Rizzoli with a foreword by designer Carolina Herrera, the richly illustrated tome gave Prince Dimitri the impetus to further research the provenance of rare treasures, illustrating his family’s love for jewellery through generations and across European royal courts (Italy, Greece, Belgium, Russia, and Yugoslavia all feature).

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