Van Cleef & Ar­pels’ L’École, School of Jew­ellery Arts, Re­turn­ing To New York

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L’École, School of Jew­ellery Arts, which was founded in 2012 with the sup­port of Van Cleef & Ar­pels, re­turns to New York City this Oc­to­ber with a series of classes, ex­hi­bi­tions, and evening con­ver­sa­tions that in­vite the pub­lic to im­merse them­selves in the art of jew­ellery guided by lead­ing ex­perts.

L’École will take up res­i­dence at 2 East 63rd Street from Oc­to­ber 24th–Novem­ber 9th, 2018, with a dy­namic ros­ter of pro­grammes that in­tro­duce and deepen vis­i­tors’ un­der­stand­ing of the jew­ellery-mak­ing pro­cesses and tech­niques, gem­mol­ogy, and the fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory be­hind some of the world’s most pre­cious stones.

Mark­ing the school’s most ex­pan­sive US pro­gramme to date, the fall 2018 pro­gramme will fea­ture 15 cour­ses, four work­shops de­signed for chil­dren and teens, and six con­ver­sa­tions that bring to­gether ex­perts across the dis­ci­plines of art, sci­ence, his­tory, and tech­nol­ogy.

Three ex­hi­bi­tions will en­hance the ed­u­ca­tional pro­grammes. They in­clude the New York de­but of works by renowned Amer­i­can artist Daniel Brush, fea­tur­ing a series of chok­ers, a set of ban­gles in­spired by the bracelet’s cul­tural role in In­dia, and the artist’s first vis­ual po­etry book; a rare pre­sen­ta­tion of a pri­vate New York col­lec­tion of jew­ellery from the 19th cen­tury to the 1960s; and a dis­play of his­tor­i­cal re­pro­duc­tions—made pos­si­ble due to L’École’s mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary re­search ap­proach—that reimag­ine 20 ex­quis­ite di­a­monds pre­vi­ously owned by Louis XIV, but which are now mostly lost to the world.

“Tra­di­tion­ally, the jew­ellery arts have been rooted in the ex­per­tise of a se­lect few and passed down through di­rect ap­pren­tice­ship,” said Marie Val­lanet-Del­hom, pres­i­dent of L’École. “L’École’s pro­grammes break down bar­ri­ers to the vast and en­chant­ing world of jew­ellery for every­one. Whether you’re a col­lec­tor or wear only your wed­ding band; whether you’re an en­gi­neer, a painter, or a school­teacher; you’ll learn di­rectly from our ex­perts and the only pre­req­ui­site is a de­sire to learn.”

“We are proud to sup­port L’École’s broad ed­u­ca­tional mis­sion, pro­vid­ing ob­ject-based learn­ing in the jew­ellery arts around the world,” said Ni­co­las Bos, global pres­i­dent & chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Van Cleef & Ar­pels. “Any­one can learn to de­ter­mine the dif­fer­ence be­tween re­lated stones, ad­mire the crafts­man­ship that goes into each de­tail in a set­ting, and dis­cover the sym­bolic ref­er­ences that in­spire the great de­signs of to­day.”

Based at Place Vendôme in Paris with no­madic pro­grammes around the world, L’École is ded­i­cated to pass­ing down the ex­per­tise of jew­ellery-mak­ing to au­di­ences of all ages and back­grounds, en­sur­ing that this an­cient tra­di­tion re­mains vi­tal to­day. The fall 2018 pro­gramme marks the first re­turn of L’École to New York City since it de­buted at the Cooper He­witt in 2015. The full New York class sched­ule will be avail­able at us.lecol­e­van­clee­ in Au­gust 2018.

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