How can anyone decline an invitation for tea with Waris Ahluwalia? The charming jeweler, designer, and former secret-service man is always so full of surprises that an hour in his company is not one I’ll forget.
So off I went to his studio at the CFDA Incubator space where he produced tray after covered tray. Oh, the anticipation was building. Like a magician, he unveiled each piece of jewelry, a dazzling array of diamonds, pink sapphires, and rubies (my favorite as always), all in gorgeous gold. The Spring 2012 collection isn’t an overhaul from fall; instead it’s a continuation of themes and ideas he showed us previously. So some favorite items are back but this time in different stones—like the stunning plumage pendant, now in pink sapphires and diamonds. He also added enamel pieces which reminded me a bit of tile work in my relatives' houses. Loved that.