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. 

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. 

The Legendary Cullinan Diamond

This is what diamond dreams are made of!

At 3106.73-carat, Cullinan is the largest rough diamond ever found in the world, a part of British Crown Jewels, that was cut and polished by legendary diamond company - Royal Asscher. Stars of Africa initiative and collection is a jewelry collection, designed by Reena Ahluwalia for Royal Asscher Diamonds, and is named after this fabled diamond.

The Cullinan diamond was discovered in the Premier Mine in South Africa in 1905 and so named as the mine belonged to Thomas Cullinan. The Transvaal Government bought the diamond and presented it King Edward in 1907 as a sign of gratitude for passing government from British rule to the state.

 

Jewelry designer Reena Ahluwalia at Royal Asscher Diamonds headquarter in Amsterdam, holding the Cullinan diamond replica.

Jewelry designer Reena Ahluwalia at Royal Asscher Diamonds headquarter in Amsterdam, holding the Cullinan diamond replica.

Upon
 it's discovery, Cullinan crystal (rough) being handed from Fred Wells 
(right) to McHardy, who then hands it to Sir Thomas Cullinan (left). 
1905

Upon it's discovery, Cullinan crystal (rough) being handed from Fred Wells (right) to McHardy, who then hands it to Sir Thomas Cullinan (left). 1905

Cullinan Diamond. Photograph showing two models (replicas) of the original stone. The 
Cullinan Diamond was discovered in South Africa in 1905 and presented to
 King Edward VII in 1907. It was sent to Asschers (presently, Royal Asscher Diamond Company) of 
Amsterdam to be cleft in 1908. Image:   Royal Collection © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Cullinan Diamond. Photograph showing two models (replicas) of the original stone. The Cullinan Diamond was discovered in South Africa in 1905 and presented to King Edward VII in 1907. It was sent to Asschers (presently, Royal Asscher Diamond Company) of Amsterdam to be cleft in 1908. Image: Royal Collection © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Royal Asscher file image of tools used by Joseph Asscher to cleave the Cullinan Diamond.

Royal Asscher file image of tools used by Joseph Asscher to cleave the Cullinan Diamond.

Photograph of Mr Joseph Asscher standing to the right of a bench while 
holding a cutting tool resting on the Cullinan Diamond, held in a vice. 
He holds a hammer in his raised right hand about to strike the cutting 
tool. Image: Royal Collection © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Photograph of Mr Joseph Asscher standing to the right of a bench while holding a cutting tool resting on the Cullinan Diamond, held in a vice. He holds a hammer in his raised right hand about to strike the cutting tool. Image: Royal Collection © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Original
 tools used for cleaving the largest rough diamond ever found, The 
Cullinan diamond.   Check out the large loop ! Joseph Asscher had to create new and significantly large tools for the fabled rough diamond. Image: Royal Asscher Archives

Original tools used for cleaving the largest rough diamond ever found, The Cullinan diamond. Check out the large loop ! Joseph Asscher had to create new and significantly large tools for the fabled rough diamond. Image: Royal Asscher Archives

The
 diamond was presented to Great Britain’s King Edward VII who asked the 
Asscher brothers to cleave it. In 1908, Joseph Asscher cut the stone 
into 9 large stones and 42 small stones.   Here are the replicas of Cullinan polished diamonds. Image: Royal Asscher Archives

The diamond was presented to Great Britain’s King Edward VII who asked the Asscher brothers to cleave it. In 1908, Joseph Asscher cut the stone into 9 large stones and 42 small stones. Here are the replicas of Cullinan polished diamonds. Image: Royal Asscher Archives

Replica of the 9 largest stones polished from the Cullinan diamond. Image: Taken by Reena Ahluwalia, at L'École des Arts Joailliers, Van Cleef & Arpels. Paris

Replica of the 9 largest stones polished from the Cullinan diamond. Image: Taken by Reena Ahluwalia, at L'École des Arts Joailliers, Van Cleef & Arpels. Paris

The
 Imperial State Crown. Set in The Imperial State Crown is a magnificent 
317.4 carat Cullinan II diamond, also known as the Lesser Star of 
Africa, was cut by the Asscher Diamond Company. Great Britain's Crown 
Jewels.     Image:   Royal Collection © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The Imperial State Crown. Set in The Imperial State Crown is a magnificent 317.4 carat Cullinan II diamond, also known as the Lesser Star of Africa, was cut by the Asscher Diamond Company. Great Britain's Crown Jewels. Image: Royal Collection © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The Sovereign's Sceptre with Cross that is set with the largest of the 
Cullinan diamonds known as the Star of Africa or Cullinan I that weighs 
530.2 carats. The Sceptre is part of the Crown Jewels. Image via: The Jewellery Editor

The Sovereign's Sceptre with Cross that is set with the largest of the Cullinan diamonds known as the Star of Africa or Cullinan I that weighs 530.2 carats. The Sceptre is part of the Crown Jewels. Image via: The Jewellery Editor

Cullinan diamond III and IV Brooch, commissioned by Queen Mary in 1911, 
and the Delhi Durbar Necklace and Cullinan Pendant, which is the 
Cullinan VII. Image: Roland Hoskins

Cullinan diamond III and IV Brooch, commissioned by Queen Mary in 1911, and the Delhi Durbar Necklace and Cullinan Pendant, which is the Cullinan VII. Image: Roland Hoskins

Cullinan diamond III and IV Brooch: The third and fourth largest of the 
Cullinan gems - a pear-shaped drop of 94.4 carats (III) and the 
cushion-shaped 63.3 carat IV - were originally placed by Queen Mary on 
her new crown in 1911. The stones were most often worn hooked together 
as a pendant brooch.

Cullinan diamond III and IV Brooch: The third and fourth largest of the Cullinan gems - a pear-shaped drop of 94.4 carats (III) and the cushion-shaped 63.3 carat IV - were originally placed by Queen Mary on her new crown in 1911. The stones were most often worn hooked together as a pendant brooch.

Cullinan diamond VI and VII brooch: Many pieces of Royal jewellery were 
created to be versatile. As well as the brooch, the 11.5 carat Cullinan 
VI has been used in a number of pieces including a diadem.

Cullinan diamond VI and VII brooch: Many pieces of Royal jewellery were created to be versatile. As well as the brooch, the 11.5 carat Cullinan VI has been used in a number of pieces including a diadem.

Cullinan IX The smallest of the nine stones, weighing 4.4 carats, was 
set into a platinum ring for Queen Mary in 1911. The pear shape is known
 as a pendeloque and is mounted in an openwork 12-claw setting. It was 
also inherited by The Queen in 1953. Image: MailOnline

Cullinan IX The smallest of the nine stones, weighing 4.4 carats, was set into a platinum ring for Queen Mary in 1911. The pear shape is known as a pendeloque and is mounted in an openwork 12-claw setting. It was also inherited by The Queen in 1953. Image: MailOnline

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II wears the Imperial State Crown and holds the Sovereign's 
Sceptre, both of which contain stones cut from the Cullinan Diamond in 
this picture from her Coronation. Image: MailOnline

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II wears the Imperial State Crown and holds the Sovereign's Sceptre, both of which contain stones cut from the Cullinan Diamond in this picture from her Coronation. Image: MailOnline

In the past I have authored posts on, Top Ten - Largest Diamonds Discovered In The WorldSplendors 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 DiamondsType II DiamondsGreen DiamondsRed Diamonds and more. Being a curious artist that I am, over years, I have spent countless hours in self-driven studies on diamond, jewelry history and 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 reason - to share my collected knowledge with all who are interested, so that more can benefit from it. Take a look and enjoy! -- Reena