SAVOIR FAIRE

Discover the gestures and techniques which give life to jewelry. From the first stroke of the pencil to physical reality, the Savoir-Faire courses will let you discover all the secrets behind jewelry making.

From design to mock up

Exploring the first steps in the creation of a jewel: from mock-up to design. 

Learn how to give form to a jewel, with the help of a specialized drawing teacher that will guide you from the sketch to the outline and the gouaché. You will go through the process of jewelry making from the very beginning of the mock-up. This class is conducted by an experienced jewelry mock-up maker, a drawing teacher and an instructor.
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From the wax project to the setting techniques

Understand the steps taken to create a jewel: from the wax project to hands-on experience in setting on a silver mounting. 

Be guided by The Mains d’Or™ from Van Cleef & Arpels’ High Jewelry workshop and seek symmetry, adjust shapes and determine stone positions. Develop your understanding of jewelry making techniques with bezel setting and prong setting.
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From the French jewels to the Japanese lacquer

Immerse yourself into two magnificent Arts and Crafts traditions.

Sitting at the workbench in the jewelry workshop, you will work the metal and incrust it with vegetable ivory to create motifs on the wings of a butterfly jewel. In the lacquer workshop - surrounded by tools and materials from Japan – you will create your own lacquer work butterfly by using three of the lacquer masters’ ancestral techniques: applying color, Maki-e and mother-of-pearl mosaic.
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Trying your hands at Japanese Urushi Lacquer

Create your own lacquer work butterfly by using three of the lacquer masters’ ancestral techniques.

In the lacquer workshop, using tools and materials from far away, you will create your lacquered butterfly, practicing three of the lacquer master’s ancestral techniques: placing colors, Maki-e and mosaics in mother of pearl.
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Trying out the jeweler’s techniques

Guided by master jewelers, you will try out the techniques and experience the richness of this artistic craft: metal work, stone setting, polishing.

There is so much to discover about the creation of an iconic jewel. Above and beyond the value of the precious metal and the gemstones which go into the jewel, there is a summit of achievement reached together by all those who practice the savoir-faire of jewelry making. You will try out the jewelers’ gestures hands-on, and thus experience for yourself all the richness of these artistic professions, guided personally by the Master Jewelers.
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Dive into the heart of a mechanical watch

Immerse yourself in the intricate world of watchmaking, so that you can discover the secret workings of the mechanical watch.

With this course dedicated to watchmaking, L’Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels and the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie invite you to take your first steps into the fascinating world of watchmaking. From gearwheels to springs, from escapement to balance staff, you will take apart and put back together each and every component in a watch movement.
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