Frequently Asked Questions

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What is L'École des Arts Joailliers?

Founded in 2012 with the support of Van Cleef & Arpels, L’École des Arts Joailliers offers the public the chance to discover the craftsmanship, gemology and history of jewelry-making through a range of courses, conferences, research projects, exhibitions and publications, in Paris and across the world. Open to all, the exhibitions participate fully in the core mission of L'École to promote the art of jewelry to the general public.

Do I need to have done any training prior to registering for L'École des Arts Joailliers?

It's not required as courses are open to everyone without prerequisites.

Does L'École des Arts Joailliers provide professional training or lead to a qualification?

L’École des Arts Joailliers is not a professional training school and does not issue qualifications. However, we do regularly welcome professionals looking to improve their knowledge of the jewelry-making world in the fields of jewelry history, gemology and jewelry craftsmanship. We issue certificates upon completion of the course.

Do I need to follow courses in a specific order?

There is no need to follow the courses in a specific order. Throughout the year, L’École des Arts Joailliers offers an exclusive program of around 20 courses, chosen à la carte, according to your preferences and availability.

Please contact us to establish a program that will best suit you.

Please be aware that the lapidary class is composed of two parts and it is essential to have taken the first course before registering for the second.

Is L’École des Arts Joailliers affiliated with the CPF (Centre Professionnel de Formation)?

L’École des Arts Joailliers is not a professional training school, it is an introductory school intended for the general public. Our training does not lead to qualifications as we do not possess a CPF code.

However, participating in our courses is often accepted by training establishments. We are at your disposal via email or phone to provide you with a quote [contact].


How do you sign up to a course?

After you have checked the calendar and selected a course, you can enroll online on this page [link]. Follow the secure payment process to carry out your purchase. In order to do this, you will be asked to create an account, or if you already have one you can just log in.

You will then receive a confirmation email and your enrollment will be validated.

You can also reserve, pay or ask for advice by phone on: +33 1 70 70 38 40

How much does L'École cost?

Exhibitions are free and conferences cost €40.  The price of our courses varies from €15 (for children) to €350.

What payment methods are accepted?

We accept bank cards for online payments. We also accept bank transfers and checks, but in order to carry out these payments, please phone us on +33 1 70 70 38 40 before reserving.

What is the duration of a course?

L'École offers an exclusive program of courses, to be chosen à la carte, in French or in English.

Lasting 2 to 4 hours, they are led by gemologists, art historians, master jewelers and artistic craftspeople, according to original teaching methods.

We ask students to arrive to the school at least 15 minutes before the start of classes to get to know their teachers while enjoying a buffet in the main lounge. Participants of different courses will have the chance to meet each other and talk during breaks.

Who are the students?

The school's students come from a diverse background of over 50 nationalities, aged from 5 to over 90 years old, from stone enthusiasts to those passionate about craftsmanship or simply just interested in discovering a new world and type of art offered by jewelry.

Where do the courses take place?

In Paris. The student's entrance is at 31 Rue Danielle Casanova, 75001.

Are your exhibitions free? And where will they take place? Is it necessary to register before visiting?

Our exhibitions are free to access at 31 Rue Danielle Casanova, in the 1st arrondissement of Paris and you do not need to register beforehand.

Opening hours to the public are available on our website (link).

Are your exhibitions open to groups?

Yes of course, groups (of more than 15 people) are welcome. However, for group visits, you need to make a reservation beforehand by phone on +33 1 70 70 38 02 or by email (contact@lecolevancleefarpels.com). Group visits are free and take place during the week from 12 pm to 2 pm or 4:30 pm to 7 pm.

I would like to buy a course for a friend, what do I need to do?

Buy a gift certificate! To buy a gift certificate or validate a pre-existing code, go to this page: http://www.lecolevancleefarpels.com/en/gift-certificates.

I made a mistake when ordering or the course date I chose no longer suits me, how can I change it?

If you have any doubts about the validation of your enrollment or you wish to change an order, email us at contact@lecolevancleefarpels.com or phone us on +33 1 70 70 38 40.

We must be informed of any cancellation at least one week before the course begins.

I have not received a confirmation email after ordering, will my enrollment still be valid?

To make sure your enrollment has been confirmed, you can check your order history within the "my account" section. [Link]

If you have any questions, please email us at contact@lecolevancleefarpels.com or phone us on +33 1 70 70 38 40.

What do the conferences involve?

The conferences take place once a month, usually in the evening, and bring together 75 people alongside two experts. Each conference focuses on a subject related to contemporary creation, jewelry traditions or historic jewelry.  Curiosity and exchanges are the keywords of these exclusive moments.

To access the schedule of future conferences and sign up for them, go to the school's website in the "Conferences" section [link]

Is it possible to organize a private course with L'École des Arts Joailliers?

Yes, it's possible to organize one or several private courses for individuals or companies.

Our options range from hiring one of our spaces to organizing tailored courses, which can vary from 30 minutes to 4 hours.

You will find all of the relevant information and contacts for these options on this page: https://www.lecolevancleefarpels.com/en/corporate-events

Please do not hesitate to email us at contact@lecolevancleefarpels.com or phone us on +33 1 70 70 38 40.

How often do courses take place and what is the schedule and program for the courses?

L'École offers monthly sessions (with the exception of August), meaning that each course runs once per month, to be chosen à la carte, in English or in French. The program for classes is available a few terms in advance. You can consult the calendar, the program for monthly sessions and reserve your place at this address: https://www.lecolevancleefarpels.com/en/schedule

What is the schedule for the courses?

Courses take place during the week, from Monday to Friday, 9 am to 1 pm in the morning and 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm in the afternoon with the exception of the "Introduction to Jewelry" course: 5 pm to 7:30 pm Conferences take place in the evenings from 8 pm to 10 pm.

How many students are there per course?

Courses are arranged in small groups. There can be six, eight or twelve participants depending on the course, to encourage an exclusive interaction with the teachers, allowing you to experiment with movements, become familiar with ancient jewelry and learn about the different jewelry professions and their craftsmanship.

What languages are the courses taught in?

Our courses are taught in French and English. We can also provide you with an interpreter for another language. For a quote, please contact us by email at contact@lecolevancleefarpels.com or by phone on +33 1 70 70 38 40.

Is there a minimum age required to take part in the courses offered by L’École des Arts Joailliers?

With the exceptions of the workshops designed for children (5-12) and teenagers (12-16) [link], courses [link] and conferences [link] offered by L’École Des Arts Joailliers are intended for adults (over the age of 18).

Do I need to have any specific material to be able to attend courses?

The school provides you with everything you will need. As such, it is not necessary to bring and specific material.

Do the courses and conferences only take place in Paris?

The school's international mission leads it to travel around the world, where it encounters an increasingly diverse audience.

L'École recently opened a permanent campus in Hong Kong and has traveled to Dubai, New York and Tokyo, to offer a vast range of courses, conferences and exhibitions.

To find out more about the school's program abroad, you can visit this page and reserve the courses and conferences that interest you.


I am no longer able to attend your courses, can I follow the program online?

L’École des Arts Joailliers does not offer online courses. Its unique journey of interaction and discovery works with the experimentation and interaction between students and their teachers.

However, we do provide you with free educational content "To go further" aimed at increasing your exploration of the world of jewelry in the e-library section of our website: https://www.lecolevancleefarpels.com/en/go-further.

Who are the instructors at the school?

The teaching team is made up of more than sixty different instructors: jewelers, gem setters, lacquerers, enamelers, designers, model makers, art historians, gemologists, plastics artists, stone cutters and more.

They have all been chosen for their wealth of expertise in their respective fields and their passion for teaching and sharing their knowledge.

To find out more, you can visit their dedicated page on our website.


Any other questions?

Email us at contact@lecolevancleefarpels.com or phone us on +33 1 70 70 38 40.