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Dancing Jewels
March 10th and 11th


Dancing JewelsDance and jewelry are two arts which share a search for refinement and excellence. With this Talk, we invite you to explore a parallel history of these two poetic universes in the western world, and to discover the many intersecting inspirations that they have shared from the 17th century to the present day.

With :
-Lise MacDonald, Heritage & Exhibition Director (for the English talks)
-Solène Taquet in charge of Patrimonial communication (for the French talk)
-Gislain Aucremanne, Art Historian & Teacher at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts (for the French and English talks)

Photo : Spanish Dancer Clip, 1941, Van Cleef & Arpels Collection, Photo Patrick Gries © Van Cleef & Arpels SA

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Jean Vendome: a Mineralogical Aesthetic
March 17th and 18th

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As a brilliant and relentless worker, Jean Vendome (1930-2017) imagined and created thousands of jewels without ever deviating from his personal rule: composing unique and modern pieces. Considered like true contemporary works of Art, his jewelry sublimates the beauty of the women who wear them, but also the materials that compose them, whether they are considered precious or not.

With :
Thierry Vendome, Jeweler Designer and Son of Jean Vendome (for the French Talk)
- François Farges, Distinguished Professor, mineralogist at the French National Museum of Natural History, scientist-in-charge of the National Gems’ Collection, and scientific curator of the "Gems" Exhibition (for the French and English talks)
- Inezita Gay-Eckel: Jewelry Historian and Teacher at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts (for the English talks)

Photo : Tourmaline tree by Jean Vendome, © MNHN - François Farges

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Jean-Baptiste Tavernier and the Diamond Routes
March 24th and 25th

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Explorer, adventurer, merchant, precious items dealer and storyteller of his own travels, Jean-Baptiste Tavernier (1605-1689) was such a major and unique character of the history of gems trading. His “Voyages” in the East developed in Europe both the knowledge of far-away places and the taste for precious gemstones. 

With:
- Cécile Lugand, Professor and Researcher at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts.
- François Farges, Distinguished Professor, mineralogist at the French National Museum of Natural History, scientist-in-charge of the National Gems’ Collection, and scientific curator of the "Gems" Exhibition.

Photo : Replica of the 20 Tavernier diamonds sold to Louis XIV, © MNHN-François Farges

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Platinum: Metal of Mystery & Miracles
March 31th and April 1st

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Misunderstood for centuries, even nicknamed “Little Silver” pejoratively by the Spaniards, when they found it in South America, platinum had to wait a long time to reveal its secrets! In the beginning of the 20th century, the great Maisons, began to elevate this metal to its proper noble status in jewelry. Let’s discover how platinum forever changed modern jewelry!

With:
-Inezita Gay-Eckel: Jewelry Historian and Teacher at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts
-Marie-Laure Cassius Duranton: Gemmologist, Art Historian and Teacher at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts 

Photo: Ludo briquettes Bracelet, 1935, Van Cleef & Arpels Collection

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Roger Caillois, the stone dreamer
April 7th and 8th

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A great lover of stones, Roger Caillois (1913–1978) left behind a poetic and aesthetic look on the world of minerals, which he helped introduce to the general public. Through its texts and its dreamstones collection, he leaves a unique testimony from which we invite you to rediscover at the Museum and, in particular, nearly one thousand of his stones have recently been unearthed to join the Museum collection.

With:
- Nicolas Bos, President of Van Cleef & Arpels.
- François Farges, Distinguished Professor, mineralogist at the French National Museum of Natural History, scientist-in-charge of the National Gems’ Collection, and scientific curator of the "Gems" Exhibition.

Photo : Malachite (Masque_africain), RDC, 1988, © MNHN - François Farges

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Secrets of the French Blue Diamond
April 14th and 15th

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Discovered in India in the 17th century, the original blue diamond weighed in at a hefty 115 carats, was cut for King Louis XIV of France, stolen during the French Revolution, and then recut as the Hope Diamond. From India to France, from England to America, the story of this diamond is a narrative of ownership and conquest, art and science, facts and myths…

With :
- Gislain Aucremanne, Art Historian, and Professor at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts.
- François Farges, Distinguished Professor, mineralogist at the French National Museum of Natural History, scientist-in-charge of the National Gems’ Collection, and scientific curator of the "Gems" Exhibition.

Photo : Exact recreation of Louis XIV's large blue diamond, © MNHN-François Farges

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