Glitter and Enlightenment at the Van Cleef & Arpels School
“Knowledge gains in value when it is passed on”
Van Cleef and Arpels
The most luxurious school in the world is French and was born in 2012. Oooh I’m so proud to say that! Located on the place Vendôme, L’Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels was created by the High Jewelry and Watchmaking Maison, Van Cleef and Arpels.
The school brings the fine art of jewelry making through an educational and jewelry exploration program that was settled with an objective to share the iconic savoir-faire of the Maison, help discover and teach to all public the exceptional artistic craftsmanship.
I had the opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes and experience these incredible art forms. I signed up for a whole journey of training around 2 modules, entering step by step the world of jewelry.
I started with a course devoted to the teaching of Art History of Jewelry. Next, I popped into an “atelier créatif” called “Explore and Create 1: from design to mock-up”, discovering the jewelry creative process.
During that module I was able to learn the techniques of the gouache in the school design studio and create a pewter mock-up which is an interpretation of the jewel in three-dimension. At the end of my journey I was granted two certificates.
Well, this one life experience was extremely rewarding! I had a wonderful day immersing myself in the precious world of arts, jewelry and crafts with the help of experts from the teachers to the extremely professional team I was surrounded with. I learnt a lot of techniques and most of all had a lot of fun!
For art lovers like me, it was a pleasure to visit the school and discover the boudoir-library and some precious books to go in-depth on the subject.
Thank you L’Ecole Van Cleef and Arpels and Sup de Luxe!!