Art History of Jewelry

Amulets & Precious Symbols

Discover the wealth of legends associated with talisman jewels

Discover the wealth of legends associated with talisman jewels

Event information

  • Participants
    12 people
  • Duration
    4 hours
  • Instructors
  • Language
  • Price
    AED 525/pers.
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An amulet is a lucky object a person wears, known for its protective virtues. From the Grand Mughals to Napoleon, from Catherine de Medicis to Elizabeth Taylor, all were fascinated by the myths and beliefs connected with talisman jewels. 

During this course :
Through a presentation about talisman jewels, you will unravel some of their secrets, discover the superstitions attached to animals and planets, and some of symbolic meanings of gemstones. 
History and geography will then lead you on a voyage across centuries and civilizations: while each culture has its own favorite motifs for representing luck or protection, which you will discover and identify while playing an identification activity.
To conclude, you will also discover how collections by leading jewelers have been influenced by this mysterious parallel universe. 

This course will make you discover the evolution of jewelry from different perspectives: history, culture, style, symbolism…

Your teachers
This course is led by two art historians. 

Good to know :
- You are welcomed by your teachers before the class starts: a chance to meet each other and share experiences.
- Coffee, tea and pastries are offered upon your arrival.
- You don’t need to bring any specific material.
- A certificate is given at the end of the class. 

What makes L'ECOLE experience so special :
- High-quality education: L'ECOLE as education and research center has a scientific council.
- A very unique faculty: all the teachers are passionate experts chosen for their enthusiasm and skill in transmitting their knowledge.
- Generosity: skills are presented with ease in an enjoyable way, hands-on experience and dialogue. Classes are for everyone with no pre-requisites.
- Exclusive interaction: courses are delivered in small groups to allow students to discuss one-on-one with the experts. 
- Initiation courses: on an “à la carte” basis courses offered in English, to all those who want to learn and become enlightened amateurs.

To go further :
- To discover how luck is one of the Van Cleef and Arpels' source of inspiration, you can take part in the course “Entering the Universe of Van Cleef & Arpels”. 
- After each class, teachers deliver a list of books, podcasts, websites, Museums related to the course attended.