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Trying out the jeweler’s techniques

Experiencing craftsmanship and discovering 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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Price : 100 €

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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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Price : 200 €

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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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Price : 200 €

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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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Price : 200 €

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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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Price : 200 €

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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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Price : 200 €

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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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Price : 200 €

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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, enter into the very heart of the Maison. You will discuss with the Design team. You will then 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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Price : 350 €

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