School for Jew­els

This month, Van Cleef & Ar­pels’ jew­ellery school takes up res­i­dence in Hong Kong’s PMQ

Hong Kong Tatler - - Tatler Focus Chow Tai Fook -

L’ ÉCOLE VAN CLEEF & AR­PELS, THE PARIS- BASED SCHOOL THAT AIMS TO ED­U­CATE GEM EN­THU­SI­ASTS AND COL­LEC­TORS ABOUT THE WORLD OF JEW­ELLERY AND WATCH­MAK­ING, IS COM­ING TO HONG KONG FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OC­TO­BER. COUR­SES DE­SIGNED TO EN­LIGHTEN AND IN­SPIRE WILL RUN AT THE PMQ FOR TWO WEEKS, FROM OC­TO­BER 16 TO NOVEM­BER 1, 2014.

EVER SINCE ITS FOUN­DA­TION IN 1906, VAN CLEEF & AR­PELS HAS EM­BOD­IED HIGH JEW­ELLERY SAVOIR- FAIRE. DED­I­CATED TO CON­STANT IN­VEN­TIVE­NESS, THE MAI­SON’S EX­CEL­LENCE HAS RE­SULTED IN TIME­LESS CRE­ATIONS AND EX­CEP­TIONAL TECH­NIQUES SUCH AS THE MYS­TERY SET­TING, ZIP NECK­LACES AND POETIC COM­PLI­CA­TIONS. IN 2012, THE COMPANY OPENED L’ÉCOLE VAN CLEEF & AR­PELS TO INI­TI­ATE THE GEN­ERAL PUB­LIC INTO THE HIS­TOR­I­CAL AND CUL­TURAL AS­PECTS OF JEW­ELLERY AND WATCH­MAK­ING. THE SCHOOL OF­FERS A NON­TECH­NI­CAL CUR­RICU­LUM DE­SIGNED TO AP­PEAL TO ALL: GEM LOVERS, CON­NOIS­SEURS AND PRO­FES­SION­ALS. ITS AIM IS TO EN­COUR­AGE THE IN­TEL­LEC­TUAL AND EMO­TIONAL UN­DER­STAND­ING OF THE PRO­CESSES BE­HIND THE

CRE­ATION OF JEWEL AND WATCH MAS­TER­PIECES, AND TO CON­VEY CRAFTS­MAN­SHIP THROUGH PER­SONAL EX­PE­RI­ENCE.

IN THE SPIRIT OF THE SCHOOL’S VAL­UES OF OPEN SHAR­ING AND TRANS­MIS­SION, L’ÉCOLE VAN CLEEF & AR­PELS’ TEACH­ING STAFF OF ART HIS­TO­RI­ANS, EX­PE­RI­ENCED CRAFTS­MEN JEW­ELLERS, GEM­MOL­O­GISTS AND MASTER WATCH­MAK­ERS WILL OF­FER PAR­TIC­I­PANTS A UNIQUE OP­POR­TU­NITY TO EN­RICH THEIR KNOWL­EDGE THROUGH EX­PER­I­MEN­TA­TION AND DI­A­LOGUE.

THE PRO­GRAMME

STU­DENTS ARE OF­FERED A SE­LEC­TION OF TEN COUR­SES ACROSS THREE THEMES: HIS­TORY OF ART, THE UNI­VERSE OF GEM­STONES, AND SAVOIR FAIRE. FROM THE ORI­GINS TO THE PRESENT, HIS­TORY OF ART MOD­ULE STU­DENTS WILL DIS­COVER THE MA­JOR AES­THETIC SOURCES AND THE SYM­BOLS THAT ARE PART OF THE WORLD OF JEW­ELLERY. THANKS TO THE UNI­VERSE OF GEM­STONES COUR­SES, STU­DENTS GET TO EX­PLORE AND DIS­COVER THE ORI­GIN AND EVO­LU­TION OF GEM­STONES. THEY WILL LEARN HOW TO DIS­TIN­GUISH PRE­CIOUS STONES AND HOW TO MA­NIP­U­LATE THEM. THE SAVOIR- FAIRE COUR­SES WILL VIR­TU­ALLY TRANS­PORT STU­DENTS TO THE WORK­SHOPS OF VAN CLEEF & AR­PELS, TO AD­MIRE AND EX­PE­RI­ENCE THE CRAFTS­MAN­SHIP BE­HIND HIGH JEW­ELLERY AND WATCH­MAK­ING CRE­ATIONS.

DUR­ING ITS STAY IN HONG KONG, L’ÉCOLE VAN CLEEF & AR­PELS WILL ALSO OR­GAN­ISE TWO WORK­SHOPS FOR CHIL­DREN, AS WELL AS SPE­CIAL PRO­GRAMMES SUCH AS EVENING CON­VER­SA­TIONS AND WINE & GEM­STONES. FROM EX­PLOR­ING HOW LIGHT PASSES THROUGH BOTH WINE AND STONE, PAR­TIC­I­PANTS WILL UL­TI­MATELY UN­DER­STAND AND AP­PRE­CI­ATE THE HAR­MONY THAT EX­ISTS BE­TWEEN TH­ESE TWO WORLDS.

FROM TOP: PMQ IS THE CHO­SEN LO­CA­TION FOR L'ÉCOLE VAN CLEEF & AR­PELS IN HONG KONG; IMAGES FROM CLASSES; VAN CLEEF & AR­PELS CEO NI­CO­LAS BOS (CEN­TRE) WITH L'ÉCOLE STEER­ING COM­MIT­TEE MEM­BERS (FROM LEFT) PRO­FES­SOR CEES DE BONT, MARIE VALLANETDELHOM, NAN­SUN SHI AND JEAN WONG

UNI­VERSE OF GEM­STONES IS ONE OF THE KEY COUR­SES TAUGHT AT L'ÉCOLE VAN CLEEF & AR­PELS

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