L'ECOLE Van Cleef & Arpels

The first school which welcomes the public into the world of jewelry and watchmaking.

L’ECOLE Van Cleef & Arpels offers initiation courses, with hands-on experiencing, on an “à la carte” basis, in French or in English, to all those who want to learn.

History of Art, Universe of Gemstones, “Savoir-Faire”: the adult students (at least 18 years of age), coming from all over the world, sign up for one or several courses, as they choose. Each course is taught by at least 2 professors, during 4 hours, for a group of maximum 12 students.

Register by clicking on the tab “Courses”, where you will find detailed information on the curriculum and the dates when courses are held.

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The teaching staff at l’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels is made up of 23 instructors: jewelers, art historians, experts, gemologists, historians of time and watchmakers. Although each of them deals with their own specific field of expertise, they are united by the desire to share their knowledge through experimentation and dialogue. They include:

Honorary Committee

Under the presidency of NICOLAS BOS
Van Cleef & Arpels President and CEO

L'Ecole Abroad

With the goal of reaching out across borders and welcoming people into the fascinating worlds of jewelry and watchmaking, L’ECOLE Van Cleef & Arpels, founded and teaching on Place Vendome in Paris, travels to meet its students in their own countries and to offer them a complete curriculum of courses and evening conversations.