Patrizia di Carrobio
Diamond, Precious Stone and Vintage Jewelry Dealer.
Author. Mother. Inspiration.
Patrizia di Carrobio, an Italian countess, is the author of two Italian style classics: Diamanti: Una Guida Personale (Diamonds: A Personal Guide) and Conoscere I Gioielli: Come Sceglierli e Portarli (Knowing Jewels: How to Choose and Wear Them). Bestsellers in Italy, the books have garnered rave reviews in publications such as Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair and Flair, and have sent her on the speaking and lecture circuit both in Europe and the United States. Both books articulate her view that jewelry can inspire what is best within us.
Patrizia has been an international dealer of precious gems and vintage jewelry for more than 30 years. She began her career at Christie’s in New York in 1980, quickly becoming one of the firm’s senior gem appraisers, and eventually heading the Jewelry Department. She was the first female auctioneer in the Jewelry Department and generated a record-breaking $30 million sale, the largest such sale in North America at the time.
Patrizia’s passion for jewelry spans centuries, cultures, and genres—from costume jewelry to Crown Jewels. She is excited by discovering new and old forms of beauty. She deals in globally significant diamonds, pearls, emeralds, and royal jewels, as well as important pieces by jewelers such as Louis Comfort Tiffany, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari, and JAR. She has lent items from her collection to celebrities for Oscar and Emmy appearances, and traded many rare and unique pieces.
Patrizia serves on the boards of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas and the Limon Dance Organization. She also volunteers for Bottomless Closet, a non-profit group that provide training and professional attire to disadvantaged women for job interviews.
Born in Canada to Italian parents, Patrizia has lived in four European countries. She currently resides in New York City and travels the globe to buy and sell stones and jewelry for an international clientele.