Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia
|Prince of Yugoslavia|
|Born||18 June 1958|
|Father||Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia|
|Mother||Princess Maria Pia of Savoy|
|Serbian and Yugoslav|
Prince Dimitri Umberto Anton Peter Maria of Yugoslavia (born 18 June 1958), also known as Dimitri Karageorgevich or Dimitrije Karađorđević, is a gemologist and member of the Royal House of Yugoslavia. He founded the jewelry firm bearing his name, Prince Dimitri Company, and continues to serve as its president and creative director. He was formerly senior vice president of the jewelry department of the Sotheby's auction house. He was named to the International Best Dressed List's Hall of Fame in 1994.
Life and career
Born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France, Prince Dimitri was raised in Versailles, attending boarding schools in France and Switzerland. He graduated from the University of Paris with a degree in business law and moved to New York City in 1983.
Originally pursuing a career on Wall Street, he decided to move into the field of jewelry and was offered a position in Sotheby's jewelry department, eventually rising to senior vice president. During his sixteen years with Sotheby's, he also became an appraiser and studied gemology. Prince Dimitri 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 for Barneys New York and Neiman Marcus. In 2002, he moved to the Phillips de Pury & Luxembourg auction house to head their jewelry department. In 2007, he and business partner Todd Morley founded the Prince Dimitri Company, which opened a salon in Manhattan. His jewelry has also been sold at auction by Christie's.
Prince Dimitri and Prince Michael of Yugoslavia are the first set of twins born to Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia and his first wife, Princess Maria Pia of Savoy, the eldest daughter of Umberto II of Italy in 1958. Maria Pia had a second set of twins, Prince Serge and Princess Helene of Yugoslavia in 1963. They have a younger half-brother, Prince Dushan of Yugoslavia, from their father's second marriage to Princess Barbara of Liechtenstein.
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