02/02/2011 04:40 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Waris Ahluwalia On His Turban, Reading List & How Jewelry Chose Him

Vogue Italia's Editor at Large Sabine Heller caught up with jewelry designer (and actor) Waris Ahluwalia, who perhaps rose to fame in the fashion world after being nominated for the Vogue/CFDA fashion fund award last year. He revealed, "I never intended on designing jewelry. I had two rings made for myself with 40 diamonds in each ring. I was at Maxfields in LA and the rings caught the attention of the sales staff. The rest is history. I didn't choose this path. Jewelry chose me."

Some of our other favorite parts from the interview:

Tell me about the turban.
"I'm a Sikh, its part of my religious tradition to never cut my hair and keep it wrapped in a turban."

Do you ever take it off?
"Yes, when I sleep, shower and sex. Not in that particular order. Also swimming. Oddly all with an "S."

What are you reading right now?
"Gates to Buddhist Practice" by Chagdud Tulku; "Orgasms, how to Have them, to give them and keep them coming", by Lou Paget; "Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk", by Legs McNeil.

We're expecting a trio of book reports by next week, Waris. Read the rest at and check out Waris' personal style below.