To go further

L'Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels' podcasts are intended to help you go further in your exploration of jewelry and watchmaking. In a series of films, L'Ecole's instructors discuss a specific work of art, gem or aspect of jewelry history.

Art History of Jewelry

History of Engagement Rings

Let’s discover the long and surprising history of this primordially Western jewel, symbol of union and romanticism.

The Talisman of Charlemagne

A huge sapphire encrusted with pure gold and precious gems, is buried with mighty Charlemagne. 1,000 years later it witnessed the birth of which Emperor of France?

The Gold and Amethysts set

This 19th century suite of jewelry, witness of the tastes and techniques which marked this era, shows also how ladies wore their jewels.

Samuel Bing and the Japon Artistique

Art Nouveau pioneer, Samuel Bing ignited fascination with Japanese Art in Paris, thus inspiring all great artists and artisans of this revolutionary style.

Jackie Cochran's Talismans

This heroic pilot, founder of the WASPS during WW2, as brave as she was beautiful, had charms made, in platinum and diamond, of witches flying on broomsticks? Why?

Tavernier, a Life led in Adventures and Diamonds

Great traveler-merchant of the 17th century. One of the most fascinating explorers to mark the history of the diamond.

An 18th Century Jeweled Carnation

Shall we let this bright red carnation lead us back down the pathway of time, from the French Court to the Ottoman Empire, and back again, to Picardie?

The Comb-Jewel by VEVER

Together, let’s decipher the savoir-faire involved in a masterpiece from the 1900 World’s Fair in Paris.

Van Cleef & Arpels Touch Wood Jewels

Why Do People Knock on Wood? Everyone has said it or heard it. Let’s find out, and also see whimsical and charming emanations of that wise saying in real wooden jewels.

3 Roaring Twenties Jewels: 3 Faces of Art Deco Taste

Three different roads traveled by Roaring Twenties artists: modern architecture with city life, cultures from all the world, and great Années Folles ladies as muses.

Inspiring Feathers

Why are feathers so inspiring? Check out our new video and join us on a Virtual Promenade at le Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

The Chatelaines: a jewel rediscovered

Symbol of domestic power, then of romantic taste, the chatelaine is an jewel of old days, almost forgotten today. Let's go together to its rediscovery.

The representation of jewels in European painting

Since the Renaissance, painters never stopped to illuminate their masterpieces with the most beautiful jewelry and gemstones. Let’s study together the way how European artists represented them.

Savoir Faire

The Ancient Lost Wax Method

L'Ecole takes you to a secluded enclave workshop where the ancient method is both maintained and constantly enhances with innovation and careful ingenuity.

The world of Stones

Where are Gems Born?

Gemologists talk to us about primary and secondary deposits. What do these terms mean?

Ethiopian Opals

From the horn of Africa, this iridescent stone, fascinates and surprises with its radiance, its fire and its variety of colors.

Gemstone treatments

It is possible to improve a stone’s color and clarity by treatment, however what are the consequences for the stones?

Amazing Colors of Sapphires

Sapphires are not always blue, let’s discover together the surprising large rainbow palette of sapphires.

The Rubies from the Valley of Mogok

Mogok is a place in Burma, famous since the dawn of history for its exceptional rubies. What is so special about them?

Emeralds: Mineralogy, Gemology, Jewelry

Discover the origins of this amazing mineral

Biominerals: Pearl, Coral, Odontolite

What makes Biominerals come into existence?