Paris-based L’Ecole, School of Jewelry Arts, fully supported by Van Cleef & Arpels, is the first of its kind to be open to everyone from novices to experts in the field of jewelry arts. Typically based in Paris, the school, which offers monthly classes in Paris in both English and French, has created a series of programs to take on the road to offer jewelry arts education around the world. New York is next on the list, with classes, exhibitions and workshops hosted from October 25 to November 9 in New York City.
Highlights include “Savoir-Faire,” wherein students personally handle the tools and materials and learn about designs, mock-ups, settings and more. There is also a chance to try the Japanese Urushi lacquer techniques. Those interested in art history are treated to historical classes that run the gamut from The Birth of Jewelry, to a look at Van Cleef & Arpels’ world. From a gemological perspective, there are courses on diamonds and colored stones, on how they are created and on the symbolism and legends behind those stones.
For those who prefer a simple talk or panel discussion, there are eight evening and weekend events planned. Among them: “Fewer, Better Things” — wherein Van Cleef & Arpels’ President and CEO Nicolas Bos joins with Glenn Adamson, the author of Fewer, Better Things, curator, and more, as well as with artist Daniel Brush. While the conversations have a fee of $25, the other classes range in price from $125 to $250 each, and class sizes are limited.
“L’ÉCOLE’s programs break down barriers to the vast and enchanting world of jewelry for everyone. Whether you’re a collector or wear only your wedding band; whether you’re an engineer, a painter, or a school teacher; you’ll learn directly from our experts and the only prerequisite is a desire to learn,” says Marie Vallanet-Delhom, President of L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts.
(NOTE: This article written by Roberta Naas previously appeared on her Perfect Timing column on Forbes.com)