With new courses, L’école Van Cleef & Arpels returns to Hong Kong, offering a unique opportunity to learn about the rarified world of jewellery and watchmaking
Students try their hand at identifying different coloured gemstones
Which queen kept a team of seamstresses entirely dedicated to sewing pearls into her elaborate gowns? Why can it take 2,000 hours to make a tiny necklace? How do you detect an exceptional precious gemstone?
These and a host of other questions about the thrilling world of fine jewellery and watches will be answered in unique courses open to anyone interested in gaining a rare insight into this often secretive industry. L’école Van Cleef & Arpels is a very special school dedicated to creating a deeper understanding of all aspects of the glamorous, age-old trade: from imparting fascinating historical facts to offering the opportunity to experience the process of jewellery creation.
Launched in Paris in 2012, the concept proved to be so successful that the school was moved to