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The Art of Jean Vendome
January 27th and 28th, 2021

jean vendomeAs a brilliant and relentless worker, Jean Vendome 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.

Léonard Pouy, Doctor in Art History and Teacher at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts 
& Thierry Vendome, Jeweler-creator, son of Jean Vendome

Photo: Jean Vendome, brooch-pendant, circa 1990. Collection Karen and Michael Rotenberg - Photo Benjamin Chelly

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Gold, from the Atom to the Workshop
February 17th and 18th, 2021

or atelierGold is a fascinating material: the color, the radiance, and especially the combination of its characteristics make it the favorite metal of Humans to create jewels, adornments, and precious objects. In Nature, gold can take different shapes, from the most irregular nuggets to practically perfect crystalline shapes. In jewelry, to create volumes and textures which are as varied as they are astounding, gold is generally alloyed, especially in order to make it more durable, but also to give it a broader color range.  From its atomic structure to its different deposits, to its exceptional properties and its unexpected alloys, discover gold in all its incarnations!

Olivier Segura: Gemologist and Scientific Director at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts
Eloïse Gaillou: Curator at the Musée de Minéralogie MINES ParisTech

Photo: Crystallized gold from Australia / Copyright: Musée de Minéralogie MINES ParisTech / E. Gaillou 

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Dancing Jewels
March 10th and 11th, 2021

Dancing Jewels
Dance 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 crossed inspirations that they have shared from the 17th century to the present day

Gislain Aucremanne : Art Historian and Teacher at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts
Solène Taquet : Director of Patrimony and Exhibitions at Van Cleef & Arpels

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

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Platinum: Metal of Mystery & Miracle
March 31th and April 1st, 2021


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!

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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