Step by step, become familiar with the jewelry arts and crafts, their techniques and their Savoir-Faire.
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
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.
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.
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.
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™”.