Rio Tinto – the Australian mining giant does more then simply dig up the earth for minerals and diamonds. Apparently they also have design competitions to best feature their products. And what better way to garner publicity then getting a few world class designers together and asking them to work wonders with diamonds?
To be fair to Reena Ahluwalia – the winner of this award ; her Canoe design for the diamond necklace is totally fabulous. In her own words, 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.
The ‘Canoe’ depicts a snow-covered canoe in a frozen crystalline lake. The necklace is made from 18 karat white gold and features 19 carats of diamonds (all from Canada). Ahluwalia was inspired by Canadian landscape and its 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.
The necklace was also showcased at a celebrity suite in the 2012 Academy Awards.