Ahluwalia Wins Rio Tinto Design Award for ‘Canoe’ Diamond Necklace

diamond necklaceCanada-based jewelry designer Reena Ahluwalia was recently honored as an international winner in the Rio Tinto Diamonds Global Design Competition. There were nine winners chosen for four categories, which included Champagne Diamonds, Silvermist Diamonds, Canadian Diamonds and Sustainable Jewelry. Ahluwalia received the prestigious Master Craftsman award for the Canadian Diamonds’ category for her “Canoe” diamond necklace (pictured).

”Celebrating the magic and beauty of Canada, my home, is the inspiration for my design. Canoe is a carrier of Canadian myths, a symbol very unique to Canada that represents voyage, harmony with nature, discovery and courage. It is one of the greatest gifts the First Nations people gave to all those who came after. A crystalline perspective, this necklace hopes to capture the luminous magic of the True North,” said Ahluwalia.

Canoe, which depicts a snow-covered canoe in a frozen crystalline lake, is set in 18-karat white gold and features 28.96 carats of diamonds from Canada. Ahluwalia said it was inspired by a poetic image of the magical Canadian landscape and its pristine white winters. The necklace comes together with two diamond-studded links embracing the neck that represent the fluidity of a lake. Irregular intersecting lines, studded with ideal square-cut diamonds characterizes chunks of floating ice. The necklace culminates into a canoe-shaped element with an angled faceted interior.

”I wanted the diamonds to reflect on the opposite facets for a dramatic shine and create an icy crystalline look,” said Ahluwalia.

Crossworks Manufacturing Ltd. collaborated with Ahluwalia and sponsored the manufacturing. Dylan Dix, Crossworks’ group executive, said, ”The opportunity to work with both Rio Tinto Diamonds and Reena Ahluwalia to promote Canadian diamonds is a reflection of the partnerships involved in our industry. The support of Rio Tinto of the secondary industry in Canada has created innovation in both polishing and jewelry design.”

The winning designs from Rio Tinto’s competition will be showcased at this weekend’s Academy Awards 2012 where these diamonds have a chance of being worn on the red carpet by Hollywood’s elite.

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