Art History of Jewelry

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.

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Entering the Van Cleef & Arpels universe

Step into the world of Van Cleef and Arpels on Place Vendôme and discover the Maison’s most beautiful creations. This course is taught by two professors, experts in the history of art.
 
Explore Van Cleef & Arpels’ different sources of inspiration from the early days, through the presentation of exquisite jewelry. Nature, art, astronomy and imaginary worlds are some of the themes at the heart of the Maison’s creations. You will then have the privilege of viewing some of the Van Cleef & Arpels’s unique and most treasured pieces.
 
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Price : 200 €

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Gold and jewelry, from Antiquity to the Renaissance Princes

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.

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Price : 200 €

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The Birth of Jewelry, from Louis XIV to Contemporary Artists

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.

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Price : 200 €

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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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Price : 100 €

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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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Price : 200 €

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