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Who bet­ter to teach the UAE’s fu­ture jew­ellery de­sign­ers than the house of Van Cleef & Ar­pels? L’Ecole Van Cleef & Ar­pels opens its Dubai lo­ca­tion this week of­fer­ing chil­dren and adults the op­por­tu­nity to en­rol in classes and work­shops, as well as ex­hi­bi­tions, cinema screen­ings and events, all open to the pub­lic. The month-long pro­gramme is de­signed to en­ter­tain and ed­u­cate any­one in­ter­ested in de­sign, his­tory, jew­ellery and con­tem­po­rary cul­ture. Here are my high­lights:

En­rol in one of 14 adult classes in­clud­ing The His­tory of Jew­ellery and The Uni­verse of Gem­stones. Cour­ses re­quire a min­i­mum of Dh400 do­na­tion, which will go to Dubai Cares char­ity.

Five free cre­ative work­shops are also avail­able for kids and teenagers. Each work­shop is fo­cused around jew­ellery de­sign and the his­tory of jew­els.

Cinema and Jew­ellery Nights screent iconic films that star the most mem­o­rable jew­ellery, in­clud­ing Cleopa­tra star­ring El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor and To Catch a

star­ring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. Through­out the month there will be evening con­ver­sa­tions hosted by ex­perts in jew­ellery. The talks will be open to 80 mem­bers of the pub­lic and will in­clude sub­jects such as The Magic of Nat­u­ral Pearls, Ar­chi­tec­ture and Jew­ellery and From Rocks to Jew­els.

Ex­hi­bi­tions tak­ing place in­clude Pearls & Jew­els, Emi­rati Adorn­ment: Tan­gi­ble and In­tan­gi­ble and Through the Eyes of a Con­nois­seur. L’Ecole Van Cleef & Ar­pels will run from Novem­ber 7-25 at Hai 3, Dubai De­sign District. Book­ings and class reg­is­tra­tion can be made by call­ing 04 252 740 or email lecole_me@van­clee­ Visit me.lecol­e­van­clee­ for more.

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