L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels, the Paris-based school aiming at shedding light on the very secretive world of Jewelry and Watchmaking returns to Hong Kong, taking up residence at creative and design hub of Hong Kong, the Qube of PMQ recently. The school first travelled to Hong Kong in October 2014 for a two-week program and has been keeping its mission of sharing and transmission with the local community.
In 2016, the return of L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels will include four new courses in the curriculum; making up to 10 courses in total based around three themes: Savoir-Faire, Art History of Jewelry and the Universe of Gemstones. It aims to invite all those who are passionate and curious about the Jewelry & Watchmaking field and also the L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels community in Hong Kong on becoming an enlightened amateur.
Ever since its foundation in 1906, Van Cleef & Arpels has embodied the brilliance of High Jewelry savoir-faire. Inspired by constant inventiveness, the Maison’s excellence has given birth to timeless creations and exceptional techniques like the Mystery Set™, the Zip necklace and Poetic Complications™ timepieces. In 2012, Van Cleef & Arpels opened L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels to initiate the general public into the historical and cultural aspects of Jewelry and Watchmaking.
A school unlike any other, it offers a non-technical curriculum designed to appeal to all: lovers of beauty, enlightened connoisseurs and professionals. Its ambition is to encourage the intellectual and emotional understanding of these universes and to convey the craftsmanship through personal experience.
L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels in Hong Kong offers a selection of 10 courses across three unique sessions: Savoir-Faire, Art History of Jewelry and the Universe of Gemstones. The Savoir-Faire courses will transport students onto the jeweler’s bench, to explore, admire and experience the craftsmanship behind High Jewelry and Watchmaking creations. From the origins to the present, the Art History of Jewelry courses will unveil the major aesthetic sources and the symbols which are part of the wonderful world of Jewelry. Thanks to the Universe of Gemstones courses, students will plunge to the heart of the earth to discover the origin and evolution of its treasures: the gemstones. They will learn how to distinguish precious stones and how to manipulate them.
Each session is limited to a maximum of twelve students; the tailor-made classes enable them to listen and watch; to exchange views and dive into the subject; to have a hands-on experience trying out the crafts of the métiers in the workshops. Each session lasts for three to four hours led by the L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels instructors including jewelers, art historians, experts and gemologists. At the end of each session, the students will receive a certificate, signed by Ms. Marie Vallanet-Delhom, President of L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels, attesting to the successful completion of the course.