Step by step, become familiar with the jewelry arts and crafts, their techniques and their Savoir-Faire.
L’Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels invites you to find out for yourself about the practice of this exquisite artisanal art.
In the dedicated workshop, our Lacquer Master will lead you in discovery of the ancestral technical secrets and will help you to make your own lacquered butterfly.
Duration: 2 hours
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.
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.
Prerequisite: having taken the course "The Lapidary Art 1 - Discovery: history and gestures", to register for the course "The Lapidary Art 2".
Discover the history of stone cutting and the principal techniques of the Lapidary. This course is taught by a lapidary and a gemologist. You will discover the history, the geography, the vocabulary and the tools used to cut and polish colored stones. You will understand also how the Lapidary studies a rough stone in order to decide the best way to cut it, to obtain the very best color, while also retaining the best weight of the stone. Finally, you will proceed to the first steps for cutting: you will use the cutting machine and you will execute lapidary techniques. You will leave with your pre-formed or “bruted” stone.
Prerequisite: having taken the course "The Lapidary Art 1 - Discovery: history and gestures".
Cutting your own stone. Applying the techniques you learned during the course « The Lapidary’s Art 1 ». This course is taught by a lapidary and a gemologist.
You will first become acquainted with the major principles of cutting and the importance of proportions. Then you will cut your own stone until completion. Step by step, you will make the facets and polish them using the lapidary’s cutting and polishing machine. At the end of this course, you will leave with the fruit of your labor: your facetted stone.
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.
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.
In jewelry, creation is the result of a team effort, for which the design is the first step. The gouaché is a 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.
In jewelry, creation is the result of a team effort, for which the design is the first step. The gouaché is a 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.
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™”.