Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia

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Dimitri
Prince of Yugoslavia
Born (1958-06-18) 18 June 1958 (age 64)
Boulogne-Billancourt, France
HouseKarađorđević
FatherPrince Alexander of Yugoslavia
MotherPrincess Maria Pia of Savoy
ReligionCatholic

Prince Dimitri Umberto Anton Peter Maria of Yugoslavia (born 18 June 1958), also known as Dimitri Karageorgevich[1] 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[edit]

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.[2]

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.[3][4][5][6]

Family[edit]

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.[7] Maria Pia had a second set of twins, Prince Serge and Princess Helene of Yugoslavia in 1963.[7] They have a younger half-brother, Prince Dushan of Yugoslavia, from their father's second marriage to Princess Barbara of Liechtenstein.[7]

Prince Dimitri belongs to the cadet branch of the Royal House of Yugoslavia, descending from Prince Regent Paul of Yugoslavia. He is a third cousin of Alexander, Crown Prince of Yugoslavia.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Haughney, Christine (23 April 2010). "Getting the Royal Treatment". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Why European Royalty and Aristocrats are flocking to New York". Archived from the original on 9 May 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Prince Dimitri". Afghanistan World Foundation. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  4. ^ "Biography from 2008 jewelry auction". Christie's. 11 December 2008.
  5. ^ "Biography from 2009 jewelry auction". Christie's. 13 May 2009. Archived from the original on 8 July 2011.
  6. ^ William Norwich (17 November 2011). "Western Union: Lauren Bush and David Lauren's Wedding". Vogue. Archived from the original on 15 June 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  7. ^ a b c Chantal de Badts, Guy Coûtant de Saisseval, Le Petit Gotha (2002), p875-877
  8. ^ Order of the Crown

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