Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, was born in 1958, grew up in the town of Versailles and attended boarding schools in Switzerland and France. After graduating with a degree in business law from University of Paris, he moved to New York City. While enrolled in a prestigious training program on Wall Street, Prince Dimitri realized he wanted to pursue a more creative field. This was just the impetus he needed to follow his true passion – jewelry and jewelry design.
Prince Dimitri comes by his creative talents naturally. It was Prince Dimitri’s paternal grandmother who related firsthand the magnificence of the jewelry collection of her mother and grandmothers. 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, a collection renowned the world over for its lavish, exquisite breadth.
In New York, Sotheby’s Chairman Alfred Taubman offered Prince Dimitri a position in the jewelry department at Sotheby’s where he quickly became a Senior Vice President overseeing all aspects of the jewelry auctions. During his 15 year tenure at Sotheby’s, Dimitri studied gemology and also become an appraiser. In 2002, he joined Phillips de Pury & Luxembourg and became head of the jewelry department.
Earlier on, Prince Dimitri launched a collection of gemstone cufflinks which were successfully sold at Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. He later expanded his men’s collection to include a women’s line designed exclusively for Barneys New York and Neiman Marcus. Dimitri also designed “The New Look of Pearls” a collection of pearl jewelry for Assael, which quickly became a success in stores nationwide.
In 2007, he and partner, Todd Morley, founded Prince Dimitri Company and in 2008 opened the salon at 5 East 57th Street in New York to showcase one-of-a-kind jewelry as dazzling as his family tree featuring statement making designs, and an innovative use of rare gems and unique materials.