© Written by Rachael Taylor for Jewelry Connoisseur
It is 11 a.m. in Toronto, but Reena Ahluwalia has already been at her desk for more than six hours, and her day won’t end until well after midnight. Such is the daily routine of this energetic — and brilliant — artist, lecturer and jeweler.
While Canada has been her home for nearly two decades, Ahluwalia started her life and career in India, where she was soon identified as a star on the rise.
“I went to a really amazing school, The National Institute of Fashion Technology [in New Delhi],” she says. “India has more than one billion people, so for art school, there were 10,000 applicants, seven sets of exams, and only 12 students were selected. I was too young to know this was such a privilege, as I thought I was so good. In hindsight, I look back and think how fortunate I was…
This story was originally published on Jewelry Connoisseur on August 15, 2018. Read the full story here. (main image: Reena Ahluwalia)