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Trying out the jeweler’s techniques

There is so much to discover about the creation of an iconic jewel. Above and beyond the value of the precious metal and the gemstones which go into the jewel, there is a summit of achievement reached together by all those who practice the savoir-faire of jewelry making.

You will try out the jewelers’ gestures hands-on, and thus experience for yourself all the richness of these artistic professions, guided personally by the Master Jewelers.

Duration : 2 hours

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Price : 100 €

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Explore and create 1: from design to mock-up

Exploring the first steps in the creation of a jewel: from mock-up to design

This class is conducted by an experienced jewelry mock-up maker, a drawing teacher and an instructor.

Using various sources of inspiration, your instructor, specialised in jewelry design, will guide you through the three stages which allow a jewel to be represented in two dimensions: the sketch, the tracing and the gouache. Step by step, you will then create a pewter mock-up, the first three-dimensional interpretation of the jewel.
From the first stroke of the pencil through to physical reality, L'ECOLE Van Cleef & Arpels enables you to discover all the virtuosity of jewelry-making.
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Price : 200 €

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Explore and create 2: from the wax project to the setting techniques

Move forward in your understanding of the steps taken to create a jewel: from the wax project to hands-on experience in setting on a silver mounting

This class is conducted by a jeweler and a stone-setter – both with many years’ experience in Van Cleef & Arpels’ workshops – along with an instructor. 
Your Professors, the « Mains d’Or » (Golden Hands) from the High Jewelry workshop, lead you in your search for symmetry, modeling the shapes, drawing out the placing of the stones …
Then, you will carry out, with your own hands, 2 setting techniques : bezel setting and prong setting. By means of the new learning stage of this course, l’Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels takes you further in your continuing discovery of the jeweler’s virtuosity.

 

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Price : 200 €

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Explore and create 3: from French jewels to Japanese lacquer

Immerse yourself into two magnificent arts and crafts traditions.

This class is conducted by a Japanese lacquer instructor and a jeweler with many years’ experience in Van Cleef & Arpels’ workshops, along with an instructor.

Two traditions, two Arts, two types of Savoir-Faire: French Jewelry and Japanese Urushi Lacquer. "Mains d’Or" (Golden Hands) from the High Jewelry Workshops of the Maison Van Cleef & Arpels and a Master of Urushi Laqueur initiate you into the secrets of their Art.
Seated at the jeweler’s bench, you work both with metal and with inlaid vegetable ivory, to create motifs on a butterfly jewel’s wings. In the lacquer workshop, using tools and materials from far away, you create your lacquered butterfly, praticing three of the lacquer master’s ancestral techniques: placing colors, Maki-e, and mosaics in mother of pearl.

 

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Price : 200 €

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Explore and create 4 : Jewelry and “grand feu” enamelling

Discover the subtlety of applying the enameling art to a jewel

Enamel has existed since the invention of glass in ancient times. Accompanied by a Master Enameler, you will practice engraving the metal, crushing the enamel’s ingredients and then creating your own butterfly in champlevé and in plique à jour enamel.  Cooking your enamel work at very high temperature in the specialized oven will show you how and why this is called : « the art of ‘grand feu’ », because it is the fire, omnipresent in the enameler’s work, which fuses and transforms the material in order to reveal the color.

 
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Price : 200 €

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Having access to Van Cleef & Arpels creations

Visiting the workshop, discussing with the craftsmen and the designers, sharpening one’s eye on exceptional pieces...

 

 

This class is conducted by an experienced instructor and a Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry designer.

After having discovered, understood and experienced the Universe of Van Cleef & Arpels, the time has come to enter into the very heart of the Maison.
You will discuss with the Creative team. You will then follow each step in the crafting of the jewels, by visiting Van Cleef & Arpels' High Jewelry workshop and meeting its skilled craftsmen —the famous “Mains d'Or™”.

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Price : 350 €

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