The Portal of Quest - a painting by Reena ahluwalia

Life is an eternal quest. Yet, not all those who wander are lost. 

Our journeys are journeys of seekers and wanderers, a journey inwards. In quest of our being, of clarity and truth.

I explore this notion in my work here. "The Portal of Quest" painting is from the 'Diamond Portal Series", one that I am currently working on.  In the Diamond Portal Series, I explore the moments of human emotions as seen through the lens of the diamond as a storyteller. You are invited to enter portals where subtle references exist but the story is completed based on your life experiences and desires. I hope that each time you see the work, a new set of questions, solutions and possibilities emerge. The qualities of diamond act as metaphors and hold the stories together.

Here are a few images, enjoy!

The Portal of Quest 30"x40". Acrylic on Canvas. 2015. ©Reena Ahluwalia

The Portal of Quest
30"x40". Acrylic on Canvas. 2015. ©Reena Ahluwalia

Detail. Close up of the heart-shaped diamond.    The Portal of Quest 30"x40". Acrylic on Canvas. 2015. ©Reena Ahluwalia

Detail. Close up of the heart-shaped diamond.

The Portal of Quest
30"x40". Acrylic on Canvas. 2015. ©Reena Ahluwalia

The Making Process. The Portal of Quest diamond painting at different stages. ©Reena Ahluwalia

The Making Process. The Portal of Quest diamond painting at different stages. ©Reena Ahluwalia

Completed painting! The Portal of Quest. 30"x40". Acrylic on Canvas. 2015. ©Reena Ahluwalia

Completed painting! The Portal of Quest. 30"x40". Acrylic on Canvas. 2015. ©Reena Ahluwalia

I hope to share more of my artwork soon, please stay tuned! 

Reena Ahluwalia
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In the Name of Halloween - "Sorceress Diabolic"

All in the spirit of Halloween! I present to you...

"Sorceress Diabolic" - is a jewelry design concept by Reena Ahluwalia. 

"On a fatal night, at the witching time, the starless sky laments black and unmoving. The shadowy moon floats above. In this forbidden depths of darkness, prowls a diabolic sorceress with magic spells and dangerous enchantments. In her mask-macabre, glimmering like countess diamonds are trapped hopeless enchanted souls."

"Sorceress Diabolic" - a contemporary face-mask, designed to exaggerate and intensify the dark Sorceress’s legend. Concept drawing by Reena Ahluwalia.

"Sorceress Diabolic" - a contemporary face-mask, designed to exaggerate and intensify the dark Sorceress’s legend. Concept drawing by Reena Ahluwalia.

Mask components are angular and pointed, recalling the sharp teeth of howling wolves and outstretched wings of ravens. Like a visual warning, a separate mouthpiece mimics teeth and fangs. Concept drawing by Reena Ahluwalia.

Mask components are angular and pointed, recalling the sharp teeth of howling wolves and outstretched wings of ravens. Like a visual warning, a separate mouthpiece mimics teeth and fangs. Concept drawing by Reena Ahluwalia.

Canadian Jeweller Magazine's annual 'Excellence in Design Awards 2013'

Last week I had the privilege to once again judge the Canadian Jeweller Magazine's annual 'Excellence in Design Awards 2013' along with an esteemed panel of judges. Always a big supporter of Canadian talent. It was a true pleasure!

This was the first ever round of submissions and judging for the Awards of Excellence contest, launched by Canadian Jeweller Magazine this year. Winners for both competitions will be officially announced on November 16 at The Jewellers’ Ball.

From left to right: Linda Penwarden of Penwarden Fine Jewellery, Luxury Retail Executive Andrea Hopson, Paul Mcfarlane of Chanel Canada, award winning jewellery designer Reena Ahluwalia, and jewellery designer Lisanne Skeoch.

From left to right: Linda Penwarden of Penwarden Fine Jewellery, Luxury Retail Executive Andrea Hopson, Paul Mcfarlane of Chanel Canada, award winning jewellery designer Reena Ahluwalia, and jewellery designer Lisanne Skeoch.

Tangents

“Today’s tangents will become tomorrow’s arcs, and unforeseen connections will tie up your loose ends in a way that will make you want to slap your head and holler at your accidental brilliance.” -- Chris Baty

Creativity. Ah, that splendid thing! Where does it happen?

I believe it happens not in the loops of circular thinking, but rather, on those magnificent tangents. That's were the real creative stuff lurks. Go off on a tangent, suspend judgement, and disrupt known patterns of thinking.

Go on! :-)

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LEGACY

Here's a special piece that I want to share with you, it's titled "Legacy".

LEGACY vintage-inspired platinum engagement ring by Reena Ahluwalia, takes it's inspiration from the fabled jewelry-vault of Royal Asscher from 1920s-1930s, conjuring the old Hollywood glamour and romanticism.

Marquise shape buds form the shank of the ring, center Royal Asscher Cut diamond represents a bloom with promise of new future and creation of lasting legacy together. Stylized and warmly organic!

Legacy engagement ring by Reena Ahluwalia for Royal Asscher Diamonds. Platinum. Royal Asscher cut, marquise cut and round diamonds.

Legacy engagement ring by Reena Ahluwalia for Royal Asscher Diamonds. Platinum. Royal Asscher cut, marquise cut and round diamonds.

Legacy engagement ring by Reena Ahluwalia for Royal Asscher Diamonds. Platinum. Royal Asscher cut, marquise cut and round diamonds.

Legacy engagement ring by Reena Ahluwalia for Royal Asscher Diamonds. Platinum. Royal Asscher cut, marquise cut and round diamonds.

A Royal Sighting - Princess Beatrix

HRH Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands is a truly beloved figure. Recently we spotted her proudly wearing her very own floating-diamonds "Stars" ring by Royal Asscher !

HRH Princess Beatrix spotted wearing her very own floating-diamonds "Stars" ring by Royal Asscher ! At the Silver Carnation Culture Awards at The Royal Palace on June 18, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

HRH Princess Beatrix spotted wearing her very own floating-diamonds "Stars" ring by Royal Asscher ! At the Silver Carnation Culture Awards at The Royal Palace on June 18, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

On the occasion she awarded three Silver Carnations in the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. This is the award that Prince Bernhard established in 1950 as a tribute to people who do voluntarily work for culture or nature. Beatrix is the former queen regnant of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, having reigned from 1980 to 2013. Following her abdication on 30 April 2013, she is once again called Princess Beatrix.

Royal Asscher "Stars" floating-diamonds ring worn by Princess Beatrix.

Royal Asscher "Stars" floating-diamonds ring worn by Princess Beatrix.

Mystery & History of Marquise Diamond Cut

Did you know?

The history and creation of the "Marquise" diamond cut is credited to King Louis XV of France, who allegedly commissioned the first marquise diamond to reflect the beautiful shape of the mouth of his mistress Madame de Pompadour.

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In the past I have authored posts on diamond, and jewelry history, such as, Splendors of Mughal IndiaThe Magnificent Maharajas Of IndiaMystery & History Of Marquise Diamond CutÓr - Ireland's GoldThe Legendary Cullinan DiamondBejeweled Persia - Historic Jewelry From The Qajar DynastyFamous Heart-Shaped Diamonds, Type II Diamonds, Green DiamondsRed Diamonds more. Being a curious artist that I am, over years I have spent countless hours in self-driven studies on jewelry history and in research. All good stuff, as I have accumulated a great deal of interesting knowledge, something that definitely informs my jewelry design and other artistic creations. I wrote these blogs for simple reasons - to share my collected knowledge with all who are interested so that more can benefit from it and for ease in accessibility. Take a look and enjoy!

Latest from JCK Las Vegas Show 2013

Ah, Vegas! A pilgrimage that jewelry folks make each year to showcase new designs, meet with old industry friends and make some new ones. 

This year we brought color and uber chic cuffs ! Check out the latest blue and pink sapphire 'Shining Stars' collection from Royal Asscher & Reena Ahluwalia.  

Shining Stars rings in 18K rose and white gold plated sterling silver with 0.80 ct pink and blue sapphires floating in globe. Pendant in 18K rose gold plated on silver with 1.72 ct. pink sapphires and 0.25 ct. diamonds in globe.

Shining Stars rings in 18K rose and white gold plated sterling silver with 0.80 ct pink and blue sapphires floating in globe. Pendant in 18K rose gold plated on silver with 1.72 ct. pink sapphires and 0.25 ct. diamonds in globe.

Floating-blue-pink sapphire ring, Shining Stars collection, Reena Ahluwalia for Royal Asscher Diamonds.

Floating-blue-pink sapphire ring, Shining Stars collection, Reena Ahluwalia for Royal Asscher Diamonds.

Floating-blue-pink sapphire pendants, Shining Stars collection, Reena Ahluwalia for Royal Asscher Diamonds.

Floating-blue-pink sapphire pendants, Shining Stars collection, Reena Ahluwalia for Royal Asscher Diamonds.

Floating-pink sapphire ring, Shining Stars collection, Reena Ahluwalia for Royal Asscher Diamonds.

Floating-pink sapphire ring, Shining Stars collection, Reena Ahluwalia for Royal Asscher Diamonds.

Floating-blue sapphire ring, Shining Stars collection, Reena Ahluwalia for Royal Asscher Diamonds.

Floating-blue sapphire ring, Shining Stars collection, Reena Ahluwalia for Royal Asscher Diamonds.

I am thrilled about the overwhelming response there uber street chic cuffs generated at the show! Floating-diamonds cuff in leather and plated sterling silver. Aren't they cool ?

Floating-diamonds cuff from the Shining Stars collection.

Floating-diamonds cuff from the Shining Stars collection.

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Ultra chic leather and floating-diamonds cuff, a latest from our Shining Stars collection.

Ultra chic leather and floating-diamonds cuff, a latest from our Shining Stars collection.

Latest from Royal Asscher & Reena Ahluwalia - Floating-diamonds cuffs in leather and plated gold!

Latest from Royal Asscher & Reena Ahluwalia - Floating-diamonds cuffs in leather and plated gold!

Must be Vegas! Royal Asscher cocktail event, Vegas-style at Eye Candy Lounge at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Must be Vegas! Royal Asscher cocktail event, Vegas-style at Eye Candy Lounge at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Last, but not the least, an up-close view of Canoe Canadian diamond necklace by Reena Ahluwalia, showcased at Rio Tinto Diamonds booth at Luxury, JCK Las Vegas 2013.

Last, but not the least, an up-close view of Canoe Canadian diamond necklace by Reena Ahluwalia, showcased at Rio Tinto Diamonds booth at Luxury, JCK Las Vegas 2013.

Reena Ahluwalia at JCK Las Vegas show 2013.

Reena Ahluwalia at JCK Las Vegas show 2013.

Art Of Spontaneity

Freshness, immediacy of moment and an impulse - I love spontaneity.

As a designer, what I have uncovered about spontaneous discoveries is very special. These unscripted moments have a tendency to come back to me, sometimes years later and manifest themselves into ideas. They some how connect and expand and become tangible. I don't over think these moments, I just let them fill me.

One day strolling on the streets of Santiago, Chile, this is what I unexpectedly found. No, I didn't come back and make a piece of jewelry that exactly resembles this seed bulb, nor did I name a jewelry collection after the city. Not as yet. What instead I did was this - nothing! I will let this spontaneous moment float somewhere in my mind and hope when the time is right it will come back.

Well, at least that's how spontaneous things work for me.

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