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September 23-24, 2020 
Jewels of the Renaissance: from Power to Culture and Refinement

Bijoux de la 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.

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

Photo : Alessandro Allori - Portrait of Marie de Medici - Circa 1555 - Museum of Fine Arts - Vienna

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October 6, 2020
The Arts of Enameling - A Journey between West and East

Cloisonné Enamel Box, 19th – 20th century, Cloisonné enamel, Height 5 x Width 9.5 x Depth 12cm, © Liang Yi Museum Collection

In the history of jewelry, enamels have been used as a substitute for colored gemstones. From ancient times until recently, the vitreous surface and the many colors obtained with enamels have offered to goldsmiths and artists a wonderful palette. From the archaeological findings in the Mediterranean regions to Byzantine treasures in Constantinople, from Limoges in France to China, enameled artefacts showcased how craftsmanship travelled and developed around the world, as a very global art form. Let’s discover it together!

Mathilde Rondouin, Art historian, Specialist in Decorative Arts,Teacher at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts

Bonnie Lau, Art adviser, Specialist in Chinese classical furniture, Director of Hon Ming Gallery

Photo: Cloisonné Enamel Box, 19th – 20th century, Cloisonné enamel, Height 5 x Width 9.5 x Depth 12cm, © Liang Yi Museum Collection

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October 14-15, 2020
Diamond, Art & Science

Diamant Art et Science

From the Sanskrit “vajra”, which means “diamond” and “lightning”, to the Greek “adamas”, which can be translated by “indomitable”, the diamond is related to the exceptional, to the extremely rare. From the first ages of the Earth, its geological formation is a miracle of Nature, responsible of its remarkable physical properties, fit to embody mankind’s higher passions and virtues. This Talk will thus provide an overview of the diamond between history and science.

Inezita Gay-Eckel, Art Historian and Professor at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts

Olivier Segura, Gemologist and Scientific Director at L’ECOLE, School of Jewelry Arts

Photo : MINES ParisTech / E. Gaillou Mineralogy Museum

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November 18-19, 2020
New York Architecture and Art Deco Jewelry

Art deco

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.

Inezita Gay-Eckel, Art Historian and Professor at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts

Gislain Aucremanne, Art Historian and Professor at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts

Photo : Raymond Templier, Broche, 1925 © MAD, Paris

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December 9-10, 2020
From the Gulf to France, the Forgotten History of Pearl Merchants

Marchands de Perles

From the early contacts in the 19th century to the intense collaboration and partnership until the Second World War, the trade for natural pearls from the Gulf contributed to the development of Paris as the pearl Capital. Numerous pearl merchants were involved in this trade as tremendous research in the archives has revealed.

Olivier Segura, Gemologist and Scientific Director at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts

Léonard Pouy, Art Historian PhD and Professor at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts

Photo: Pearl merchants in Bahrain, circa 1903 © Rights reserved

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