Ever wondered how the artists at Van Cleef & Arpels create the beautiful jewelry? Well now you can learn from the masters themselves. The legendary jewelry company has opened the first school of its kind in Paris. This school is not like any other, although it is open to everyone, professionals and amateurs alike, with a passion for jewelry and anyone who wishes to acquire inside knowledge of this fascinating world.
No setting is richer for this school than situated in Hôtel d’Évreux, an eighteenth-century townhouse on the Place Vendôme, a square dating back to the 17th century that hosts many of the city’s most exclusive boutiques. Previously, the quiet atelier where craftspeople hunch over tables with their tiny, precise tools was off-limits to all but the house’s inner circle. This school is truly a once in lifetime glimpse into the secret world of jewelry. With a curriculum inspired by classes for wine lovers, these courses are aimed at individuals keen to develop their tastes, to find words to express their sensations and to satisfy their curiosity.
Eight classes of four hours each range from theory to hands on, and from jewels in mythology to distinguishing flawed from flawless diamonds. Each course is offered in French and English, and teachers include international jewelers at the highest rank of their profession, known as mains d’or, or golden hands.
Head of School, Villanet-Delhom said, “Part of the brand’s mission is passing on, sharing and teaching knowledge,” which makes this school sound like a golden opportunity. For more information on L’École Van Cleef & Arpels please visit their website http://www.lecolevancleefarpels.com/en/presentation/