Reena Ahluwalia Speaks at the Gem-A Conference 2017

Reena Ahluwalia was invited by the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) to speak on 'Diamond Storytelling Through Design & Art'. A topic Reena has spoken extensively about. Reena highlighted need for diamond industry to tell diamond stories that can authentically connect to next generations and their aspirations.

Diamonds already start as nature's art-forms. One thing we have learnt in the diamond and jewellery business is that each generation brings their own challenges and opportunities. Collectively as an industry we must have the vision to not only seek to understand the Millennials, but also the generation that will exert their market power after them. According to Reena, trends may come and go, but stories are truly cross-generational. Stories never go out of fashion. Stories, live on.

Established in 1908, the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, or Gem-A, is the world’s longest established provider of gem and jewellery education. 

Read Reena's speaker's interview for Gem-A

Reena Ahluwalia with Gem-A CEO, Alan Hart.

Reena Ahluwalia with Gem-A CEO, Alan Hart.

Gem-A CEO, Alan Hart with Reena Ahluwalia and Alan Bronstein. Image: Henry Mesa, Gem-A

Gem-A CEO, Alan Hart with Reena Ahluwalia and Alan Bronstein. Image: Henry Mesa, Gem-A

Reena Ahluwalia Speaking at the Gem-A Conference 2017. Image: Henry Mesa, Gem-A

Reena Ahluwalia Speaking at the Gem-A Conference 2017. Image: Henry Mesa, Gem-A

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Chandra Horn, Reena Ahluwalia, John Bradshaw, Richard Drucker at the Gem-A Conference. Image: Henry Mesa, Gem-A

Chandra Horn, Reena Ahluwalia, John Bradshaw, Richard Drucker at the Gem-A Conference. Image: Henry Mesa, Gem-A

Reena Ahluwalia showing the  Coronet By Reena  spinning diamonds collection to attendees at the Gem-A conference. Image: Henry Mesa, Gem-A.

Reena Ahluwalia showing the Coronet By Reena spinning diamonds collection to attendees at the Gem-A conference. Image: Henry Mesa, Gem-A.

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Wonderful Mark Cullinan of Cullinan Diamonds (his great grandfather was the owner of the famous Cullinan Mike), is now the owner of Reena Ahluwalia's blue diamond painting.

Wonderful Mark Cullinan of Cullinan Diamonds (his great grandfather was the owner of the famous Cullinan Mike), is now the owner of Reena Ahluwalia's blue diamond painting.

Wonderful Mark Cullinan of Cullinan Diamonds (his great grandfather was the owner of the famous Cullinan Mike), is now the owner of Reena Ahluwalia's blue diamond painting.

Wonderful Mark Cullinan of Cullinan Diamonds (his great grandfather was the owner of the famous Cullinan Mike), is now the owner of Reena Ahluwalia's blue diamond painting.

 

 

Reena Ahluwalia Speaks At The Tokyo Diamond Exchange

Reena Ahluwalia was invited to speak at the Tokyo Diamond Exchange on 'Diamonds And The Power Of Storytelling'. President of The Tokyo Diamond Exchange, Michio Iwasaki graciously welcomed Reena on her visit to the Exchange and shared insights about the market. The event was well attended by the leading diamantaires and jewelers from Japan. Honorary Dean, Hidetaka Kato was present and appreciated Reena's body of work in diamonds, her jewelry designs and her diamond paintings. Event was beautifully organized by Secretary-General, Yoshiaki Yamaka. Here are some of the highlights from Reena's talk at the Tokyo Diamond Exchange. 

President of the Tokyo Diamond Exchange, Michio Iwasaki with jewelry designer, painter and professor, Reena Ahluwalia.

President of the Tokyo Diamond Exchange, Michio Iwasaki with jewelry designer, painter and professor, Reena Ahluwalia.

Reena Ahluwalia talked about the importance of engaging the next generations in the storytelling ability of diamonds and urged members to look beyond the 4Cs. She pointed out the need to understand 'Why' trends happen, and 'Why' do people buy diamonds. This will help in answering the 'What' we need to do as diamond industry to keep the diamond dream going.

Reena Ahluwalia talked about the importance of engaging the next generations in the storytelling ability of diamonds and urged members to look beyond the 4Cs. She pointed out the need to understand 'Why' trends happen, and 'Why' do people buy diamonds. This will help in answering the 'What' we need to do as diamond industry to keep the diamond dream going.

Yosiyasu Simozono, Yuji Hisaga (Tokyo Kiho Co. Ltd.) and Reena Ahluwalia at the Tokyo Diamond Exchange.

Yosiyasu Simozono, Yuji Hisaga (Tokyo Kiho Co. Ltd.) and Reena Ahluwalia at the Tokyo Diamond Exchange.

Sunao Nakao (Nagahori Corporation) and Reena Ahluwalia at the Tokyo Diamond Exchange.

Sunao Nakao (Nagahori Corporation) and Reena Ahluwalia at the Tokyo Diamond Exchange.

The Portrait of Innovation - Coronet Diamond Painting by Reena Ahluwalia

"Shine like the whole universe is yours." -- Rumi

This universe is truly ours! You and I are brilliant specks of consciousness in this vast universe. I love this simple idea that has the power to liberate and empower us. To dream freely, to reach within and share our thoughts uninhibited with the universe is a beautiful thing. 

A dream with courage is innovation. Innovation is exactly what Aaron Shum of Aaron Shum Jewelry created in his patented diamond setting. Coronet Solitaire has accomplished what centuries of master jewelers have tried - creating a luminous grand solitaire effect - with only 30 points of diamond (and 1/10th the price of its solitaire equivalent). So when Aaron asked me to custom create a diamond painting of the 'Coronet', we both knew instantaneously that it would not just be a copy of the diamond setting. We knew that undertaking this commission will mean that I will be painting not a specimen of the diamond setting but rather a portrait of innovation and telling the story of a diamond dream. 

The 'Coronet' diamond painting was a true joy to create and took 45 days and nights. The painting belongs to my 'Diamond Portrait Series'. At 48 x 48 inches (4x4 feet), it's an extremely detailed and precise portrait of innovation. The Coronet setting ensembles seven round brilliants with an elevated center diamond set without prongs, creating effect of one grand solitaire. 

The Coronet® Diamond Painting was unveiled on 15 September 2016 in a special exhibition at the Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair 2016. The response was overwhelming! In addition to the Coronet® portrait painting, the exhibition featured seven of my diamond paintings in Hong Kong for the very first time.  

Aaron Shum Jewelry and I also announced our upcoming jewelry design collaboration which we launched in Baselworld 2017 - the spectacular CORONET BY REENA AHLUWALIA diamond jewelry collection.  

Miss Switzerland, Kerstin Cook radiates in the 'Inner Brilliance' spinning diamonds jewelry from 'Coronet By Reena Ahluwalia'.    VIEW THE COLLECTION   . Image credit: Abdou HILALI | Baselworld

Miss Switzerland, Kerstin Cook radiates in the 'Inner Brilliance' spinning diamonds jewelry from 'Coronet By Reena Ahluwalia'. VIEW THE COLLECTION. Image credit: Abdou HILALI | Baselworld

Below is a look at the making of the 'Coronet' Diamond Painting. Enjoy!

Shine brilliantly,
Reena Ahluwalia

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'Coronet' Diamond Painting by Reena Ahluwalia for Aaron Shum Jewelry. 48 x 48 inches. Acrylic on Canvas. ©Reena Ahluwalia

'Coronet' Diamond Painting by Reena Ahluwalia for Aaron Shum Jewelry. 48 x 48 inches. Acrylic on Canvas. ©Reena Ahluwalia

Close up details. 'Coronet' Diamond Painting by Reena Ahluwalia for Aaron Shum Jewelry. 48 x 48 inches. Acrylic on Canvas. ©Reena Ahluwalia

Close up details. 'Coronet' Diamond Painting by Reena Ahluwalia for Aaron Shum Jewelry. 48 x 48 inches. Acrylic on Canvas. ©Reena Ahluwalia

VIDEO: Making of the Coronet Diamond painting by Reena Ahluwalia.

The CORONET Diamond painting by artist and jewelry designer Reena Ahluwalia for Aaron Shum Jewelry Ltd. was unveiled at the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair 2016. The painting is a 4x4 feet, extremely detailed and precise portrait of innovation. The guests of honour at the unveiling were Jimee Essink, General Manager of UBM Asia, the show organiser; Vicky Chan, deputy General Manager of Chow Tai Fook; and Alex Popov, Chairman of the World Diamond Mark.

The Coronet Diamond painting was unveiled at the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair 2016.

The Coronet Diamond painting was unveiled at the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair 2016.

The Coronet Diamond painting was unveiled at the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair 2016. L to R: Kent Wong, Chow Tai Fook, artist Reena Ahluwalia, Alice Trinh & Aaron Shum, Aaron Shum Jewelry.

The Coronet Diamond painting was unveiled at the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair 2016. L to R: Kent Wong, Chow Tai Fook, artist Reena Ahluwalia, Alice Trinh & Aaron Shum, Aaron Shum Jewelry.

Tremendous response! Press Conference and the unveiling of the Coronet Diamond painting at the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair 2016.

Tremendous response! Press Conference and the unveiling of the Coronet Diamond painting at the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair 2016.

Making of the 'Coronet' Diamond Painting:

Ever wondered how I create the under-drawing of my paintings? Here's the layout of the Coronet Diamond. Although it takes a long time, I thoroughly enjoy the precision and geometry involved. Being a jewelry designer and professor of technical drawing helps too. Making of the Coronet Diamond Painting by Reena Ahluwalia. ©Reena Ahluwalia

Ever wondered how I create the under-drawing of my paintings? Here's the layout of the Coronet Diamond. Although it takes a long time, I thoroughly enjoy the precision and geometry involved. Being a jewelry designer and professor of technical drawing helps too. Making of the Coronet Diamond Painting by Reena Ahluwalia. ©Reena Ahluwalia

Symmetry, precision and balance! Working on my canvas backgound. Making of the 4-feet Coronet Diamond Painting by Reena Ahluwalia. ©Reena Ahluwalia

Symmetry, precision and balance! Working on my canvas backgound. Making of the 4-feet Coronet Diamond Painting by Reena Ahluwalia. ©Reena Ahluwalia

Close up detail of one of the seven round brilliant diamonds. Making of the 4-feet Coronet Diamond Painting by Reena Ahluwalia. ©Reena Ahluwalia

Close up detail of one of the seven round brilliant diamonds. Making of the 4-feet Coronet Diamond Painting by Reena Ahluwalia. ©Reena Ahluwalia

Symmetrically beautiful. Seven round brilliant cut diamonds make the Coronet several times brilliant! Making of the 4-feet Coronet Diamond Painting by Reena Ahluwalia. ©Reena Ahluwalia

Symmetrically beautiful. Seven round brilliant cut diamonds make the Coronet several times brilliant! Making of the 4-feet Coronet Diamond Painting by Reena Ahluwalia. ©Reena Ahluwalia

Magnificent Seven (diamonds) in this painting! To me it looked like a dazzling Kaleidoscope. Making of the 4-feet Coronet Diamond Painting by Reena Ahluwalia. ©Reena Ahluwalia

Magnificent Seven (diamonds) in this painting! To me it looked like a dazzling Kaleidoscope. Making of the 4-feet Coronet Diamond Painting by Reena Ahluwalia. ©Reena Ahluwalia

The sheer brilliance of the Coronet diamond is inspiring. At all stages during the creation of this painting, I was mindful to tease out its powerful positive essence and present it through each of my brush strokes. There, within these magnificent magnified facets lie stories that each of us can individually interpret. That's what makes diamonds special to me, because they are carrier of stories, yours and mine. Making of the 4-feet Coronet Diamond Painting by Reena Ahluwalia. ©Reena Ahluwalia.

The sheer brilliance of the Coronet diamond is inspiring. At all stages during the creation of this painting, I was mindful to tease out its powerful positive essence and present it through each of my brush strokes. There, within these magnificent magnified facets lie stories that each of us can individually interpret. That's what makes diamonds special to me, because they are carrier of stories, yours and mine. Making of the 4-feet Coronet Diamond Painting by Reena Ahluwalia. ©Reena Ahluwalia.