The restoration, which took over a year to finish, was done by Gene Korolev, president and founder of Piano Solutions XXI, and his daughter Katherine Banyasz. Each stone was individually overlaid, drilled, and placed under a glass-like polyester finish to ensure that the pieces would endure for generations to come.
“To achieve a beautiful glowing effect and portray the energy of the ‘City That Never Sleeps’, the piano was adorned with lab-made diamonds throughout. The piano, especially, reminds me of that tune sung by Frank Sinatra, New York, New York,” said Ms. Banyasz. “It was essential for my design to reflect the independent spirit of the Roaring 20s, when both jazz and the American dream were rattling the world.”