Back to school. L’ÉCOLE is now open!

Supported by Van Cleef & Arpels

ÉCOLE is now open
L'ÉCOLE by Van Cleef & Arpels

L’ÉCOLE is now open for registration

The Paris-based School of Jewelry Arts supported by Van Cleef & Arpels, L’ÉCOLE is now open, announcing on September 13th the start of registration for its Dubai campus classes and workshops.

L'Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels - The School
L’Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels – The School

Following great success in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and New York, the nomadic campus will be located at Hai d3, in the Dubai Design District, from the 7th to the 25th of November 2017, marking the first visit of L’ÉCOLE abroad program to the Middle East.

The Dubai edition of the nomadic school will offer 14 adult classes around three broad themes: Savoir-Faire (know-how), Art History of Jewels, and The Universe of Gemstones; as well as five creative workshops for children and adolescents, ages 5 to 16.

L’ÉCOLE participates in “The Year of Giving”

L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels in Dubai will be participating in “The Year of Giving” as declared by the UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. All funds collected from course registrations during the event will be donated to Dubai Cares.

Upon registration for the adult classes, students are asked to contribute a minimum donation of AED 400. We will donate 100% of the contributions to Dubai Cares. The creative workshops for children and adolescents are free of charge.

Students are welcome to register:

Van Cleef & Arpels hotline: call 800-VANCLEEF (826 25 333) or +971 4 425 2740
visit the website

Classes are limited, so prior registration is essential.

L’ÉCOLE is now open: Program and Workshops

As L’ÉCOLE is now open, the creative workshops will offer youth the opportunity to explore the creative professions and world of jewelry design. These workshops will take place through local schools’ collaborations during the week, and will be open to the public during the weekends. Classes are open to everyone, with no prior qualification or experience necessary to enroll.

L'ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels - President Marie Vallanet
L’ÉCOLE President – Marie Vallanet

“L’ÉCOLE’s program for Dubai was built in the desire to give back to the Middle East, to share our knowledge alongside local partners on the fine craftsmanship of jewelry and watchmaking,” said Marie Vallanet-Delhom, President of L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels.

“We are also excited to be part of the “Year of Giving,” where all funds collected from the course registrations will be donated to Dubai Cares. We invite everyone to participate and explore the world of joaillerie.”

The three-week program will present a full set of classes led by professional jewelers, art historians, gemologists, and watchmakers. The classes will be accompanied with evening conversations, several exhibits and other activities around jewelry.

The Courses

The adult classes include:

Art History of Jewelry
  • History & Jewels
  • Wearing jewelry: Rules and Revolutions
  • Art Nouveau & Jewelry
  • Travel into the world of Van Cleef & Arpels
L'ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels - The Courses - History of Art - Universe of Gemstones
L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels – The Courses – History of Art – Universe of Gemstones
The Universe of Gemstones
  • Introduction to Gemology
  • Fascinating Diamond: History and Legends
  • The Diamond, a gemological exception
  • Recognize the gemstones
L'ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels - The Courses - Savoir Faire
L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels – The Courses – Savoir Faire
  • From design to mock up
  • From the wax project to the setting techniques
  • Trying your hands at Japanese Urushi Lacquer
  • From the French jewels to Japanese lacquer
  • Trying out the jeweler’s techniques
  • Dive into the heart of a mechanical watch
The creative workshops for children and adolescents are:
L'ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels - The Courses - Creative Workshops
L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels – The Courses – Creative Workshops
  • Create your jewel
  • Create your precious clock
  • Make your treasure chest
  • The mock up, first sculptural vision of the jewel
  • Discovering the world of gems

The Partners

L’ÉCOLE is now open with the help of its partners who supported its arrival to the Middle East. These are Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, as cultural partner, and Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment, an agency of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing as destination partner.

L’ÉCOLE’s educational supporters include: Institut français des Emirats arabes unis – Cultural department of the French Embassy, Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF), Dubai Design District (d3), Dubai Opera, Sharjah Art Foundation, The Cultural Office of Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council, and Lest We Forget, supported by the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation.

About L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels

L'ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels - LogoFounded in February 2012, L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels is notable for an innovative curriculum geared towards shedding light on the very secretive worlds of Jewelry and Watchmaking.

Its goal is to instill an intellectual and emotional understanding of the spirit of these exceptional crafts; to encourage mastery of their techniques through personal experience; to educate the hand, the eye and the sense of taste.

It does so with the help of experts who are passionate about their subjects: art historians, virtuoso craftsmen, experienced jewelers, gemologists, and master watchmakers share their knowledge with students from all over the world.

General Information and Media

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