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Van Cleef & Arpels Goes Back to School

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L'Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels is located on the Place Vendome in Paris.

By Tali Jaffe

If you’ve ever marveled at an exquisite piece of jewelry (who hasn’t?) and wanted to know more, here’s your chance.

Van Cleef & Arpels has decided to create a school in order to cast a light on the very secretive world of jewelry. Hardly a technical school, L’Ècole Van Cleef & Arpels’ aim is to reveal the essence of this exceptional craft through insight and understanding of its masterful craft.

The school, which is open to an international public, offers courses in English and French beginning in February with registration beginning later this month.

The non-technical curriculum billed as an initiation into the art of jewelry making is built on a three-prong platform: the discovery of an art, the development of a discerning eye and the knowledge of materials. Its ambition is to encourage the intellectual and emotional grasp of the “soul” of jewelry and convey skill through personal experience.

Situated in an18th century town house on the Place VendÙme, L’Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels’ school offers an experimentation salon for handling, training salons for listening, watching and learning and a boudoir-library for discussions. Its founding president is Marie Vallanet-Delhom who has been with the Richemont group since 1986.

The progressive learning process takes its students through the three platforms via immersive lessons. Within the “Unveiling” courses are Stories and Inspirations, Interpreting the Gemstones and Having Fun with Jewelry; under the “Shedding Light On” course are Symbol and Power of Jewels and Admiring Uniqueness; and under the “Revealing” course are the chapters entitled Entering the Van Cleef & Arpels Universe and Accessing the Van Cleef & Arpels Creations.

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