In the context of 'The Van Cleef & Arpels Art&Science of Gems' exhibition at the Art&Science Museum in Singapour, our teachers will present two conversations on 'The Sun King’s blue diamond' and the 'The Maharani of Baroda', July 20 & 21.
July, 20 : The Sun King’s blue diamond, a rediscovered masterpiece
Discovered in India in the 17th century, the original blue diamond weighed in at a hefty 115 carats, was cut for King Louis XIV of France, stolen during the French Revolution, and then recut as the Hope Diamond. From India to France, from England to America, the story of this diamond is a narrative of ownership and conquest, art and science, myths and facts… Today, more than 6 million people visit the Hope Diamond in the Gem Hall of the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., and recent discoveries at the National Museum of Natural History, Paris, shed stunning new lights on the history of that magnificent gem!
Contributors : François Farges & Gislain Aucremanne
July, 21 : The Maharani of Baroda
Let’s dive into the bejeweled life of an extraordinary maharani, from India to France. Not only she was one of the most unbelievable jewelry lover of all times: precious stones ornaments, carpets of pearls, golden cigar box… but also her life and her collection were a huge adventure!
Contributors : Inezita Gay-Eckel & Gislain Aucremanne