Artists Alert: Registration Now Open for L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels Dubai Classes

L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels (L’ÉCOLE), the Paris-based School of Jewelry Arts, announces today the opening of registration for its Dubai campus classes and workshops. 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 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, 100% of which will be donated to Dubai Cares. The creative workshops for children and adolescents are free of charge.

Students are welcome to register via calling the Van Cleef & Arpels hotline (800-VANCLEEF (82625333)) or +97144252740, by email(lecole_me@vancleefarpels.com), or by visiting the website me.lecolevancleefarpels.com. Classes are limited, so prior registration is essential.

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.

Marie Vallanet-Delhom, President of L’ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels, stated:

“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. 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

The Universe of Gemstones

  • Introduction to Gemology
  • Fascinating Diamond: History and Legends
  • The Diamond, a gemological exception
  • Recognize the 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 jeweler’s techniques
  • Dive into the heart of a mechanical watch

The creative workshops for children and adolescents are:

  • 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

The partners who helped support the arrival of L’ÉCOLE to the Middle East 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 OperaSharjah Art FoundationThe Cultural Office of Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sorbonne University Abu DhabiZayed UniversityAbu Dhabi Businesswomen Council, and Lest We Forget, supported by the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation.

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