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LIVE guided tour of the fabulous “Gems” exhibition
Diamonds, rubies, emeralds, aquamarines, turquoise, etc… Extracted from the depths of the earth, coveted and sought after for thousands of years, gems (precious stones worked on by human hands) have always been considered as instruments of power and objects of seduction. Furthermore, since the 18th century, they have become the subject of various scientific studies.
In collaboration with Van Cleef & Arpels, “Gems”, the exhibition of the French National Museum of Natural History, immerses visitors in several fields which are closely connected and yet rarely brought together: mineralogy, gemology and the art of jewelry making.
This unique exhibition, open to the public until August 22nd, brings together some 360 minerals, gems and objets d’art from the Museum’s collections (including pieces from the former French royal collections), more than 250 jewelry creations from Van Cleef & Arpels, as well as 50 exceptional loans from Mines ParisTech, the musée de la Légion d’honneur and international great private collectors.
We offer you to discover this exhibition, from the comfort of your home, with:
François Farges, Distinguished Professor, mineralogist at the French National Museum of Natural History, scientist-in-charge of the National Gems’ Collection, and scientific co-curator of the “Gems” exhibition
Inezita Gay-Eckel, Art Historian and Professor at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts
The taste of Marie-Antoinette: Fashion, Jewels and Precious Furniture
Considered as one of the most major historical figures, Marie-Antoinette (1755-1793), Queen of France, still arouses fascination and unfailing enthusiasm today. Fashion figure, in love with adornments and other jewels, the sovereign is known for her refined, delicate taste… and her penchant for spending! This inclination for luxury and splendor of the one then nicknamed "Madame Deficit" will unfortunately be lethal to her at the dawn of the French Revolution. But behind this character, decried and contested in his time hides, in reality, a fragile and sensitive nature. Immerse yourself in the existence of a sumptuous sovereign and in the intimacy of a woman in search of simplicity. With: Cécile Lugand, Professor and Researcher at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts & Gislain Aucremanne, Art Historian, and Professor at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts
Virtual guided tour of the exhibition « Jean Vendome, Artist Jeweler »
On the occasion of the reopening of the exhibition “Jean Vendome, Artist Jeweler”, we offer you a virtual guided tour with Sophie Lefèvre, art historian and curator of the exhibition, and Léonard Pouy, art historian and teacher-researcher at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts.
Come discover the unique and daring works of this true pioneer of modern jewelry and great lover of minerals, who never stopped creating during all his life, from his first jewelry collection the 1950s until his last creations in 2017.
Women Jewelry Designers
Author of "Women Jewellery Designers", Juliet Weir-de La Rochefoucauld will take us on a journey of exploration to discover the names of some of the great figures in jewelry such as Suzanne Belperron, Jeanne Toussaint, or Elsa Peretti, as well as lesser known names such as Elisabeth Treskow, Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hûbe, and Wendy Ramshaw. Let’s discover or re-discover these great women who drove design through jewels made and conceived in the 20th century.
The French Crown Jewels, Past and Present
Established on the occasion of the marriage of King Francis I to Eleanor of Habsburg, his second wife, the institution of the Crown Jewels of France experienced three and a half centuries of acquisitions, but above all twists and turns. Deeply affected during the Revolution, then definitively dispersed at auction in 1887, they continue to arouse the fascination of collectors and historians alike given their many secrets and mysteries. Similarly, while some of the most beautiful pieces of the collection are now preserved in the Galerie d'Apollon of the Louvre, others are still awaiting rediscovery and remain eagerly sought after.
Secrets of the French Blue Diamond
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… This Talk is live directly from inside the museum in the "Gems" exhibition in the Grand Gallery of Evolution.
Roger Caillois - The Stone dreamer
A great connoisseur of stones, Roger Caillois (1913–1978) left behind him a poetic and aesthetic view of the world of minerals, which he helped introduce to the general public. Through his texts and his “dreamstones” collection, he leaves us a unique legacy, which we invite you to rediscover at the Museum. In particular, nearly one thousand of his stones have recently reappeared to join the Museum collection.
Platinum : metal of mystery & miracles
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!
Jean-Baptiste Tavernier and the Diamond Routes
French adventurer, tireless traveler, art and precious stones dealer, Jean-Baptiste Tavernier (1605-1689) is one of the major figures of the 17th century. From his many trips to Asia, the merchant will bring back many treasures. Nonetheless, it is the famous diamonds from the mines of Golconde in India that will make his glory with King Louis XIV and his court. As a privileged witness to the relations between East and West in a Europe passionate about distant and foreign cultures, the life of this atypical traveler nevertheless remains largely unknown. Who really was Jean-Baptiste Tavernier? Which diamantiferous legacy did he leave?
Comparing the world of classical ballet and the jewelry arts is to enter such a universe where the perpetual search for beauty reigns. The time devoted to perfecting every detail and the precision of the gestures are skills which these two worlds share.
Gold, from the Atom to the Workshop
Gold 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!
The Art of Jean Vendome
An opportunity to discover these true contemporary works of Art. 67 years of creation, emotion, and beauty. We will reveal the originality and poetry of one of the most important creators of his time.
The Secrets of Sentimental Jewels
As a source of emotion, jewelry has always been chosen to express love for the beloved one. Intimate gifts, sometimes concealing a secret relationship, these jewels have so much to tell! Let us go through their history, from Antiquity to the present day, and decipher the secret language of Love.
Pearl Merchants : the forgotten history of a trade between the Gulf and France
Who remembers that Paris was the world capital of the natural pearl trade? Traveling from “the pearl coast”, as the Gulf countries were previously called, to France, this conversation looks back on half a century of shared history, from the 1900s until World War II.
Flora in Jewelry Arts
The richness of the floral universe has long been a source of inspiration for all jewelers. The Flora book, which the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris had published in partnership with L'ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts deciphers an intricate selection of jewels, from the 17th century to the present day.
New York Architecture & Art Deco Jewelry
In the aftermath of the First World War, New York city inspired the creators. At the heart of Art Deco aesthetics, let's discover how skyscrapers, urban lines, and modernity profoundly changed the face of jewelry.
Talismans, Gems and Marvels
Amulets, talismans, and lucky charms have obsessed people since prehistoric times, even before each culture developed its own favorite motifs and jewelry. Discover the imaginary powers attributed to stones and their symbolism, the beliefs attached to protective animals, as well as the stories associated with certain legendary jewels.
Diamond, Art and Science
The most ancient diamonds date all the way back to 3.5 billion years ago. A miracle of nature, their geological formation gave them remarkable physical properties, which conferred upon them a unique role in history and mythology. The very origin of the word, “adamas” (“invincible, unconquerable” in Greek), recalls the uniqueness of this gem. Embark on a voyage to discover the diamond, between science and history, with our experts as your guides.
Jewels of the Renaissance
As a period characterized by an unprecedented artistic and cultural revolution, Renaissance will have profoundly marked the world of jewelry. New trading networks, innovative techniques, and original sources of inspiration combine to give it a new refinement, as an object from now on serving multiple powers.