Who is Waris Ahluwalia?

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Perhaps that elegantly dressed man with the tightly turban looks familiar to you. He had a non-speaking part in Tilda Swinton's masterpiece I Am Love, as well as bit parts in Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic and The Darjeeling Limited. The Punjab, India-native moved to Brooklyn at five-years-old and now heads the jewelry design company House of Waris, as well as runs a tea shop underneath the High Line. One of our sister publication's AVENUE Insider recently covered an event celebrating the collaboration of House of Waris and Forevermark, and we couldn't help but include a series of this oh-so urbane looking New Yorker. From AVENUE: Vogue's Meredith Melling Burke, Olivia Chantecaille, Annabel Tollman, DJ Chelsea Leyland, and designers Yigal Azrouel and Bibhu Mohapatra were just a few of the glittery cross-section of style setters who flocked to the historical National Arts Club on Tuesday night. The occasion? To celebrate the first time collaboration between the HOUSE of WARIS and Forevermark, and to fete the debut of the showstopping "Center of my Universe" diamond necklace that Waris Ahluwaliacreated for the brand owned by the De Beers group of companies.. With the central oval stone weighing in at 14.58 karats, and surrounded by a pave of diamonds,the design had absolutely no trouble living up to its namesake ? eliciting "oohs" and "ahhhs" from even the most jaded of guest. Not surprisingly, the stone is the largest Forevermark diamond ever featured in a designer collaboration. As a jazz band played amidst the Belle Epoque, wood paneled decor of the Gramercy Park landmark, who dutifully greeted and air kissed his friends (and he has many) upon arrival, explained that the concept celebrates the notion of a woman as the emotional center of those around her. "And in my experience, women love diamonds more than just about anything," he smiled. Finally ? a man who knows his way to a woman's heart! (http://nypress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/460101-285x382.jpg)(http://nypress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/460142-285x382-1.jpg) To read more from AVENUE Insider [click here. ](http://avenueinsider.com)

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