From the origins to the present, immerse yourself in the very essence of the History of the worlds of jewelry and watchmaking, their major aesthetic sources, their experts, famous jewels and legendary gemstones.
From Louis XIV to contemporary artists, punctuated by extraordinary discoveries, the history of jewelry is marked by great creators. After a retrospective journey and a presentation of the most famous jewelers, from Baroque to Art Déco, from the gems and precious metals to the most innovative materials, experience for yourself the blossoming of modern jewelry.
Pharaohs, emperors of Rome and Byzantium, princes of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance; the great and powerful all used gold as a symbol of their power.
From the techniques of casting and repoussé to chasing and granulation, the talent of goldsmiths is a testament to the epic story of gold.
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.
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.