An Exceptional Master Class - March 2nd and 3rd 2020 — December 16, 2019


L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts holds its first master class on March 2 & 3, 2020. The program is developed in close collaboration with the Department of Decorative Arts at the Louvre. 

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The Master Class will be taught in French and translated into English. 

Galerie d'Apollon - © Louvre Museum, dist. RMN - Grand Palais - Olivier Ouadah

The School of Jewelry Arts dedicates its first Master Class to the French Crown Jewels.  The first day will take place at L’École and the second day will be inside the Louvre Museum.

The French Crown Jewels, created by François 1er, during the full bloom of the Renaissance and enriched by each successive King up through the 19th century, constitute a unique collection of gemstones and jewels. Their extraordinary destiny, the splendor of the assembled gems and the savoir-faire used to produce the jewelry will be revealed during these two days.

Among the experiences which the students will live out will be the privilege of visiting inside the legendary Louvre on the day when it is closed to the public, for an exclusive discovery of these exceptional jewels, explained by their teachers and guided by a Louvre Curator. 

Day One (Monday): L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts 

8.45am-9am : Student reception gathering to meet each other

9.15am-9.30am : Introduction: from gemstones to the Crown Jewels of France 

9.30am-10.50am : From François Ito the dispersion of the Crown Jewels in 1887, a turbulent history

10.50am-11.10am : Break

11.10am-12pm : Visit of the Tavernier Exhibition

12pm-1pm : A Crown Jewels World Tour

1pm-2.30pm : Buffet lunch

2.30pm-3.30pm : The Crown Jewels Gemstones

3.30pm-4.10pm : The Diamond, King of Stones, the Stone of Kings

4.10pm-4.30pm : Break

4.30pm-5.30pm : Introduction to diamonds and colored stones in the gemology studio 

5.30pm-6.30pm : Introduction to stone-cutting in half groups in the lapidary studio 

Day Two (Tuesday): Louvre

8.45am-9am : Students meet at L’ÉCOLE

9am-10am : The reconstitution of the Crown Jewels Collection by the Louvre Museum

10am-10.30am : Walk to the Louvre

10.30am-12pm : Visit to the Apollo Gallery

12pm-2pm : Lunch on-site

2pm-3pm : Visit to Napoleon III’s private apartments

3pm-4pm : Apollo Gallery

Diamant known as Le Régent. © RMN - Grand Palais (Louvre Museum) -Stéphane Maréchalle

Crown of Empress Eugenie - © RMN - Grand Palais (Louvre Museum) - Stéphane Maréchalle