Legends of Van Cleef & Arpels

    The School of Jewelry Arts


    Van Cleef & Arpels has created a school to cast a light on the secrets of the world of jewelry. Open to amateurs, connoisseurs and professionals, L’École offers an “à la carte” program of courses and lectures, every month in French and English. Each course is given to a group of maximum twelve students and lasts from two to four hours. Lectures, in the evening, can welcome up to seventy persons.

    L’École approaches three main themes through its courses, conferences and travels abroad: Art History of Jewelry, universe of gemstones and “Savoir Faire”. During school holidays, L'École organizes regular creative workshops specially conceived for children and teenagers from five to sixteen years old.

    Located on the iconic place Vendôme, L'École offers a gemology workshop where you can manipulate stones, jewelry workshops to experience gestures, a design studio to learn the techniques of gouache, two classrooms devoted to the teaching of Art History of Jewelry, a conference room and a library of over 400 specialized and rare books.

    In accordance with its educative mission, L'École has initiated five partnerships - in France and Japan - to confirm its commitment to tradition and innovation of know-how and creation (the Galerie des bijoux of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, the Université Rennes 2, the École Boulle and the Kyoto University of Art and Design).

    L'École thus accompanies several cultural projects and commits to support research and education, demonstrating again its fundamental values: diffusion of culture, transmission and teaching.

    We invite you to follow up the video podcasts regularly published on L’École website.

    Where does the term "Toucher du bois" come from? Where are gems born? Why have feathers been inspiring works of art for hundred years? What is so special about the rubies of the valley of Mogok? The teachers of L'École answer the most frequently asked questions of their students and invite you to learn more about the secrets of the world of jewelry.

    Discover the School of Jewelry Arts website

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