• ENTERING THE WORLD OF JEWELRY & WATCHMAKING

    Founded in Paris in 2012, L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels is a unique school established for the general public to learn about the history, culture, and savoir-faire of the jewelry arts.

    After making its American debut in New York in June 2015, L’École Van Cleef & Arpels will soon return to North America.

  • L'ÉCOLE VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

    Since its founding in 1906, Van Cleef & Arpels has been the reference in High Jewelry: for superior design and craftsmanship, for innovation and transformation, and for timeless creations. Drawing on the Maison’s excellence, L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels was begun in February 2012 as an immersive, nontechnical curriculum designed for the general public: lovers of beauty and enlightened connoisseurs. Its aim is to encourage the intellectual and emotional understanding of the jewelry world and to value great craftsmanship through hands-on personal experience in a classroom setting.

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  • THE CURRICULUM: AN INNOVATIVE & EDUCATIONAL APPROACH

    Structured around the school’s three educational pillars—Savoir-Faire, The Universe of Gemstones, and Art History of Jewelry—the curriculum is specially designed for those who wish to learn about the many facets of jewelry and watchmaking.

    Over a two-week period, 12 courses will be offered. Each class is four hours, and limited to 12 students, thereby creating an immersive experience in an intimate classroom environment taught by the team of visiting professors from the Paris-based school. Students must be at least 18 years old, and may take anywhere from one to several courses. In addition to the classes, there will be seven Evening Conversations, open to the general public, on a variety of topics all related to a keen appreciation of jewelry and the cultural arts.

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L'ÉCOLE IN NEW YORK

In June 2015 L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels transported the experience of the school’s Paris Place Vendôme classrooms to the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.


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L'ÉCOLE EDUCATION

The foundation of the L’ÉCOLE program is to provide the interested student with a progressive, learning experience throughout a tightly knit selection of courses and themes. Experts lead classes and workshops in a friendly, stimulating environment, with an emphasis placed on interaction and sharing.

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EVENING CONVERSATIONS

A series of talks with cross-disciplinary panels of experts and opinion leaders discussing the interplay between jewelry, culture, and art.