Speaker in the Spotlight: Q&A with Reena Ahluwalia

Established as one of the top jewellery designers in Canada, award-winning creative, Painter and Professor Reena Ahluwalia is set to share her incredible insights at the Gem-A Conference 2017 this November.

Among a handful of living artists whose work is featured on a postage stamp, Reena not only creates jewellery steeped in symbolism but is a strategy advisor and design consultant to top industry brands.


Spinning diamonds and rubies pendants from 'Coronet by Reena Ahluwalia'. Image: ©Reena Ahluwalia

Gem-A caught up with the accomplished innovator ahead of her Conference presentation, 'Diamond Storytelling Through Art & Design', exploring how she threads and weaves stories in her body of work to produce metaphorical masterpieces...

Q. What inspired you to pursue a career in fine jewellery design?

I have vivid memories of my childhood and being occupied with painting, sketching and sculpting. Creating something new out of the ordinary and realising that I could transform them was thrilling. I became fascinated by symbolism, context and concept of adornment, which led me towards following my artistic passion and jewellery-making as a profession. I graduated from India's top design and art school, I was fortunate to land my first job as a jewellery designer at one of the largest diamond companies. I had won a couple of International Diamond Design Awards and earned scholarships that helped me fine tune my jewellery skills and later establish Reena Ahluwalia Design Inc.

Alongside this I was fortunate to be able to create jewellery with some of the world's most coveted diamonds through mostly private commissions. This helped to enhance my company as a strategy adviser and design consultant to some of the top diamond and jewellery houses worldwide. Parallel to jewellery design, my painting career developed with the same intensity. I paint, sculpt and teach jewellery as a professor. Combined, these are the experiences that have shaped me as the artist I am today.

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Q. Do you have a favourite piece of jewellery that either you own yourself or have commissioned for a client? What is the story behind that particular piece?

One of my current favourite pieces is a spinning diamonds ring from my 'Coronet By Reena Ahluwalia' collection - called 'Inner Brilliance'. I have used a patented Coronet setting where seven stones come together to create a dazzling solitaire effect. My signature design element is a 'pointer' that points to the true centre of our being - our inner brilliance. A constant reminder to stay connected to what's most valuable to us, including pillars of our personal values - our Family, Friendship, Love, Passion, Health and Dreams.

Spinning diamonds 'Inner Brilliance' ring from 'Coronet by Reena Ahluwalia'. Images: ©Reena Ahluwalia

Q. What will be your key message to those that attend your talk at this year’s Gem-A Conference?

The art of telling gemstone stories. They can elevate the chemical, physical and optical characteristic of gemstones or even go beyond them. Trends may come and go, but stories remain and can even be cross-generational.

Q. What is the one word you would use to describe your love of diamonds and your mission?

My mission is to celebrate the shining human spirit through my diamond art and designs.

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Top: Artist Reena Ahluwalia with her diamond artwork. Bottom: Artist Reena Ahluwalia during the making of 'Portrait of Luminosity' diamond painting. Images: ©Reena Ahluwalia

  • ‘Diamond Storytelling Through Art & Design’ by Reena Ahluwalia will take place Saturday 4 November 2017 at 16:00 - 17:00

  • To purchase your tickets to the Gem-A Conference 2017 and full listings of the programme, please visit the official website here.

 

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Cover image Jewellery designer and gemstones-painter, Reena Ahluwalia. ©Reena Ahluwalia.


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