Van Cleef & Arpels to open jewellery school in Paris

French jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels says it is set to take an important step into its future with the opening of a jewellery school early next year, based at its headquarters in Paris’s Place Vendome.

L’Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels will open in February 2012, and has been created by the company “in order to cast a light on the very secretive world of jewellery”. It aims to give insight to anyone interested in jewellery – whether in the trade or not – in what will be a “nutshell” format.

Van Cleef has said that is it an ardent defender of artistic crafts and has thus opened its Ecole as a way of passing on and sharing expert jewellery knowledge and techniques. The school will operate its programs around three steps: unveiling, shedding light and revealing. Each step will have several ‘chapters’ that allow students to progress with each chapter finished.

The school will be housed at the Van Cleef & Arpels head offices and flagship store on Paris’s Place Vendome. Enrolment will open from November 15 for sessions beginning next year, and can be accessed via the Ecole Van Cleef & Arpel website. All courses are taught in both English and French and are open to students from across the world. Course prices start from 600 Euros.