SAVOIR FAIRE

Step by step, become familiar with the jewelry arts and crafts, their techniques and their Savoir-Faire.

From French jewels to Japanese lacquer

Immerse yourself into two magnificent arts and crafts traditions. This class is conducted by a Master of Japanese Urushi lacquer instructor and a jeweler with many years’ experience in Van Cleef & Arpels’ workshops.

Two traditions, two Arts, two types of Savoir-Faire: French Jewelry and Japanese Urushi Lacquer. Seated at the jeweler’s bench, you work both with metal and with inlaid vegetable ivory, to create motifs on a butterfly jewel’s wings. In the lacquer workshop, using tools and materials from far away, you create your lacquered butterfly, praticing three of the lacquer master’s ancestral techniques: placing colors, Maki-e, and mosaics in mother of pearl.
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From the wax project to the setting techniques

Understand the steps taken to create a jewel: from the wax project to hands-on experience in setting on a silver mounting. This class is conducted by a jeweler and a stone-setter – both with many years’ experience in Van Cleef & Arpels’ workshops – along with an instructor.

Your Professors, the « Mains d’Or » (Golden Hands) from the High Jewelry workshop, lead you in your search for symmetry, modeling the shapes, drawing out the placing of the stones… Then, you will carry out, with your own hands, 2 setting techniques : bezel setting and prong setting.
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The gouaché in High Jewelry 1: the light

In jewelry, creation is the result of a team effort, for which the design is the first step. The gouaché is a technically detailed rendering which will guide all the different « hands » who will participate in the creation of the jewel. The mockup maker, the jewelers, the gemologists, the polishers, the setters: all will refer back to it during every single stage. The gouaché prefigures the jewel, both in volume and in color. In this course you will discover how the designer must perfectly express the association of color with light. From cabochon shape to faceted cuts, you will apply the techniques for gouaché which show the liveliness of the real stones.
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The gouaché in High Jewelry 2: the color

In jewelry, creation is the result of a team effort, for which the design is the first step. The gouaché is a technically detailed rendering which will guide all the different « hands » who will participate in the creation of the jewel. The mockup maker, the jewelers, the gemologists, the polishers, the setters: all will refer back to it during every single stage. The gouaché prefigures the jewel, both in volume and in color. In this course you will discover how the designer must perfectly express the association of color with light. From cabochon shape to faceted cuts, you will apply the techniques for gouaché which show the liveliness of the real stones.
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Trying out the jeweler's techniques

Experiencing craftsmanship and discovering how to create a High Jewelry masterpiece. This class is conducted by a jeweler and a stone-setter – both with many years’ experience in Van Cleef & Arpels’ workshops – along with an instructor.

There is so much to discover about the creation of an iconic jewel. Above and beyond the value of the precious metal and the gemstones which go into the jewel, there is a summit of achievement reached together by all those who practice the savoir-faire of jewelry making. You will try out the jeweler’s gestures hands-on, and thus experience for yourself all the richness of these artistic professions, guided personally by the Master Jewelers.
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Trying your hand at Japanese urushi lacquer

L’École, The School of Jewelry Arts invites you to find out for yourself about the practice of this exquisite artisanal art.
In the dedicated workshop, our Lacquer Master will lead you in discovery of the ancestral technical secrets and will help you to make your own lacquered butterfly.
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