L’École Van Cleef & Arpels comes to Dubai

L’École des Arts Joailliers,  the Paris-based School of Jewellery Arts associated with  luxury jewellery brand Van Cleef and Arpels, is opening a pop-up campus in Dubai.

Registration is now open for classes and workshops at Hai d3, in the Dubai Design District, from 7 to 25 November 2017.

L’École will offer 14 adult classes around three broad themes: Savoir-Faire, Art History of Jewels, and The Universe of Gemstones (see below). These classes provide an introduction with some hands-on experience “to all those who want to learn and become an enlightened amateur”, and they are of course oriented towards Van Cleef & Arpels’ take on the subject; but they are delivered by professionals and have a decent reputation.

There are also workshops for children aged 5 to 16.

There’s no fee as such, but students registered for the adult classes are asked to contribute a minimum of AED 400 – all of which will be donated to Dubai Cares. (The kids’ workshops are free of charge.)

Class sizes are limited, so prior registration is essential – email lecole_me@vancleefarpels.com for details. There’s supposed to be a website at me.lecolevancleefarpels.com but that wasn’t live when we checked; the main site here has some information about the courses.

Adult classes:

Art History of Jewellery

  • History and jewels
  • Wearing jewellery: Rules and Revolutions
  • Art nouveau and jewellery
  • Travel into the world of Van Cleef & Arpels

The Universe of Gemstones

  • Introduction to gemology
  • Fascinating diamond: history and legends
  • The diamond, a gemological exception
  • Recognise gemstones


  • From design to mock up
  • From the wax project to the setting techniques
  • From the French jewels to Japanese lacquer
  • Trying your hands at Japanese Urushi lacquer
  • Trying out the jeweller’s techniques
  • Dive into the heart of a mechanical watch

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