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

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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


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