Monday, November 11, 2013

Want to go to jewelry school in Paris??

...not a school to learn techniques...but a school that covers the history of art, the universe of gemstones, and .... le savior-faire.  L'Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels offers 13 classes at their school (l'ecole) on the Place Vendome.

Van Cleef & Arpels
In 1906, Van Cleef & Arpels was among the first jewelers to settle in Place Vendôme, a square designed by Mansart in the 18th century. The original boutique was inaugurated at 22 place Vendome directly opposite the Ritz. The Hôtel Ritz had opened in 1896 and attracted Russian and European aristocrats, along with American magnates of business and industry. Place Vendôme became a symbol of Parisian luxury and the new benchmark for international elegance.

Place Vendome at night
The classes are open to the public and are scheduled one week of each month.  Some of my more favorite topics include "Symbols and Power of Jewels", "Art Nouveau: 20 Years of Freedom, "Interpreting Gemstones",  and "Having Access to Van Cleef & Arpels Creations"....Oh Lord....who wouldn't want to have access to their creations!!

I break into a cold sweat just looking at the pictures.  I'd probably have melt down to actually touch some of these....or dare I try them on.
Each class is 4 hours long and costs between 600-950 Euros...yep...that's $800-$1200 per 4 hour class.  For all 13 classes you would pay $12,500.  Well....guess it's not really open to the "general" public.  Only those that have lots (and lots) of disposable cash.  I wonder if they offer scholarships??
The Van Cleef & Arpels website has some fascinating information on it.  In the upper left hand on "The Maison" and you can read about the history of the brand and see some amazing historical pieces.  Also they have a really cool virtual tour of Les Ateliers (workshops).
Au Revoir...Bye Bye!!

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