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L'École offers initiation courses with hands-on experiencing, on an "a la carte" basis, organized around three themes: the Savoir-Faire, the Art History of Jewelry and the Universe of Gemstones.

To offer the person of your choice a course, choose from the following four gift packages, ranging from 40 to 350 euros.
The person will be free to choose a course of his/her choice from the list of courses you have selected. The choice will be made when registrating online.

L’ECOLE will be closed from end of day December 21st, 2018 to January 7th, 2019. Gift Certificates can be sent out up until December 21st, at the very latest. 

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Gift Certificate Lectures 40,00 €

L'Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels offers a regularly scheduled program of evening conversations, from 8pm to 10pm. With this gift certificate, offer the chance to learn from and share with two experts on a particular topic.

Gift certificate First Discover 100,00 €

Offers one course among the following list :

Category : Initiation

First steps into the jewelry world
This initiation course teaches you about the Jewelry world. This class is conducted by an art historian and an instructor.
(Please note: currently this course is taught exclusively in French)
 
You have always dreamed of solving the mysteries of jewelry. We offer you a first experience in understanding the gemstones, the high jewelry savoir-faire and the styles which bring about the birth of a jewel. You can travel further into the world of jewelry by signing up for one or more in-depth courses, which are dedicated specifically to Art History, the World of Gemstones or the Savoir-Faire.
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The engagement ring : History, gemology and know-how
The engagement ring, a symbol of union and romance around the world, deserves to be better known.
With this workshop, you will learn about the history of the ring, gemologists will introduce you to the quality of gems and through the observation and handling of stones you will begin to understand the meaning of the different classifications.
To conclude, the jewelry teacher will reveal some of the workshop’s best kept secrets in order to create the most beautiful ring of all.
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Category : Savoir Faire

Trying out the jeweler’s techniques

Experience craftsmanship, discover how to create a high jewelry masterpiece.  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.

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.

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Category : Art History of Jewelry

Art Nouveau Jewelry : from school to museum

Discover how Art Nouveau revitalized jewelers' art. This class is conducted by two art historians.

A splendid time for artistic creation, Art Nouveau identified the jewel as a work of art. Let’s decipher and interpret together the style of this period of tumultuous change: the « Belle Epoque »! To go further and to conclude our exploration we will visit the « Jewelry Gallery » inside the Museum of Decorative Art in order to enjoy major pieces of Art Nouveau jewelry.

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Category : Disabled

History & jewels : from school to museum

Learn from the History of Jewelry and master jewelers. This class is conducted by two art historians.

Periods, tastes, styles: each jewel has a story to tell.  Let’s listen to what these precious witnesses to the History of the Arts have to say to us. And, to go further, we will conclude our course in the « Jewelry Gallery » inside the Museum of Decorative Arts in order to discover or rediscover these masterpieces together.

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Gift certificate Expertise 200,00 €

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Category : Savoir Faire

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, you will be guided through the three stages which allow a jewel to be represented in two dimensions: the sketch, the tracing and the gouache. You will create a pewter mock-up, the first three-dimensional interpretation of the jewel. From the first stroke of the pencil through to physical reality, discover the virtuosity of jewelry-making.
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From the wax project to the setting techniques
Understand 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. 
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From French jewels to Japanese lacquer

Immerse yourself into two magnificent arts and crafts traditions. This class is conducted by a Master of Japanese Urushi lacquer instructor and a jeweler with many years’ experience in Van Cleef & Arpels’ workshops.

Two Savoir-Faire: French Jewelry & Japanese Urushi Lacquer. At the jeweler’s bench, you work with metal & vegetable ivory to create motifs on a butterfly jewel. 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, mosaics in mother of pearl.

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Jewelry and “grand feu” enamelling

Discover the subtlety of applying the enameling art to a jewel. This class is conducted by Master Enameler, along with an instructor.
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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The gouaché in High jewelry 1 - The light

In jewelry, creation is the result of a team effort, for which the design is the first step. The gouaché is a technically detailed rendering which will guide all the different « hands » who will participate in thecreation of the jewel. The mockup maker, the jewelers, the gemologists, the polishers, the setters: all will refer back to it during every single stage.  The gouaché prefigures the jewel, both in volume and in color. The jewel is a 3 dimensional object in volume, for which the design is flat, 2 dimensional. In this course, you will learn how to master showing these volumes for a white gold jewel, and how to create a subtle play of lights and shadows, using your gouache paint and brushes.

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The Gouaché in High jewelry 2 - The Color

In jewelry, creation is the result of a team effort, for which the design is the first step. The gouaché is a technically detailed rendering which will guide all the different « hands » who will participate in the creation of the jewel. The mockup maker, the jewelers, the gemologists, the polishers, the setters: all will refer back to it during every single stage.  The gouaché prefigures the jewel, both in volume and in color. In this course you will discover how the designer must perfectly express the association of color with light. From cabochon shape to faceted cuts, you will apply the techniques for gouaché which show the liveliness of the real stones.

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Category : Disabled

Jewels through History

Learn from the History of Jewelry and master jewelers. This class is conducted by two art historians.

Detailing different styles of jewelry from ancient times up until the present day, immerse yourself in the very essence of the History of jewelry, its great aesthetic themes and their origin. to gain an understanding of the master jewelers who have marked the time.
Discover how to make a marriage between metal and gemstones in order to create unique and extraordinary high end jewelry pieces.
 
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Wearing jewelry: rules and revolutions

Elevating one's level of personal taste, learning how to wear a jewel according to one's personality, one's tastes, one's history... This class is conducted by an art historian and a professional stylist.

Here is another facet of the world of jewels: wearing them, on your own skin, a part of you… the personal and intimate experience.Conceived with specialists in style, this new stage will help you discover how the wearing of jewels has evolved from a very codified universe to an era of liberty. Finally, it will be your turn to “mix and match” jewels: develop your creativity.
 
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Category : Art History of Jewelry

Amulets & Precious Symbols

True personal companions, talismanic jewels usher us into a poetic world governed by nature, the stars and the hopes of humanity. This class is conducted by two art historians. 
You will discover the symbolic meaning of precious, fine and ornamental gemstones and how people find inspiration and strength for themselves in them. You will learn that every culture has its own emblematic images, and even stones. These legends and beliefs have fascinated people through time and all around the planet: from the Mughal emperors to Napoleon, from Catherine de Medici to Elizabeth Taylor, among countless others.

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Category : The Universe of Gemstones

Discover the gemstones

Learn how to read the gemstones of the world. Let your emotions speak and be won over by an interest in stones. This class is conducted by a gemologist and an instructor.

You will begin an extraordinary voyage plunging deep into the heart of the stones, from their birth to their extraction to their shaping. You will touch and handle these gemstones and understand, while listening to the gemologist, their unbelievable diversity.
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Recognize the gemstones

Become a knowledgeable connoisseur of gemstones by training your eye and discovering the tools of the gemologist. This class is conducted by a gemologist and an instructor.

You have taken the gemology course “Discover the Gemstones”. Now imagine that you are at one of the world's legendary gemstone markets: Chanthaburi in Thailand, Ratnapura in Sri Lanka or Bogota in Colombia. Your goal: seek out and select your gemstones with confidence! 
 
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Fascinating Diamond 1: History and Legends

Two courses dedicated to the diamond to give a panoramic view of the state of knowledge about the « Stone of Stones ». This class is conducted by a gemologist and an art historian.

Travel from continent to continent and mine to mine to discover the diamonds of the world and understand where and how men found and brought out these gemstones. You will hear the stories of the most famous diamonds which made their mark on history and contemplate their replicas, discover antique documents, and stunning pictures of legendary gemstones.
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Fascinating Diamond 2: Science and Gemology

Two courses which offer you a panoramic view of the up-to-date state of knowledge about the « Stone of Stones » : the diamond. This class is conducted by a gemologist and an instructor.
Be initiated into the latest advances in chemistry, geology, physics…and follow the evolution of technologies which give us insight into why the diamond so invincible and so fascinating. You will discover the secrets of this gemstone: its chemical composition, totally improbable birth, unequalled hardness. The mystery of its brilliance and its fire... You will handle stones, use gemologist’s tools, look at exclusive documents.

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Gift certificate Having access to Van Cleef & Arpels creations 350,00 €

Category : Savoir Faire

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.

Experience the Universe of Van Cleef & Arpels by entering into the very heart of the Maison. You will follow each step in the crafting of the jewels, by visiting Van Cleef & Arpels' High Jewelry workshop and meeting its skilled craftsmen —the “Mains d'Or™”.

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