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A day in Paris at the Ecole des Arts Joailliers

Who hasn’t ever dreamed of learning a bit more about jewellery and spending a day in the premises of the prestigious Place Vendôme? This “school of jewellery arts” is dedicated to the history of jewels and the world of gemstones. The Paris based Ecole des Arts Joailliers Van Cleef & Arpels makes our dreams come true, nevertheless confronting its students with the difficulties of jewellery artcraft. Created initially by Nicolas Bos, who wanted to highlight jewellery know-how and perhaps also encourage vocations, the school is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. It also organises visits of the Museum of Decorative Arts, a longtime partner, to illustrate the different courses. The school offers 20 different courses following three main axes: the history of jewellery, know-how and the world of gemstones. I was lucky to experience a day at the Ecole des Arts Joailliers, Van Cleef and Arpels. A great activity whether alone or as a couple, as a gift to your beloved one or to share with your bestie. Perfect idea for a fun and educational …

All you need to know about diamonds!

« Help ! My man wants to buy me a diamond but I don’t know how to choose! » I have heard this too often!  Keep cool! It’s not so complicated: follow a few basic rules and trust your eye and your heart, they are your best allies! The basic “4 C” rule makes it easy: The diamond has four evaluation criteria called the 4 C: Carat, Clarity, Colour, Cut. Let me explain : Carat: The weight of a diamond is expressed in carat and a carat is equal to 0.20 gram. The carat is divided into 100 points. For example a diamond of 0.50 carat is equal to a diamond of 50 points. Carat is also the unit of weight measurement of precious stones and fine stones. You may be surprised by the price difference between a diamond of 0.99 carat and one of 1 carat or more, the same goes for a 2 carat diamond. I recommend you to choose a diamond a little below the desired caratage, nobody will know that your rock is …

Tanzanite, the December birthstone…

Tanzanite is a fascinating blue stone discovered fairly recently. A variety of zoisite with a very peculiar blue-violet colour, its discovery dates from January 1967 by a miner named Ndugu Jumanne Ngoma. A fabulous story: on his way to visit his family, his attention is caught by very transparent and shiny crystals looking like rough tourmaline. A few hours later, the man has picked up from the ground several kilos of the stone, fascinated by the magnificent colour. He tries to sell it but at that time no one is interested. Eventually, the discovery is attributed to Manuel De Souza, who is the first to commercialise the stone one year later. The gem’s value was recognised by the Maison Tiffany & Co in 1968, naming it tanzanite as a tribute to its country of origin. Close to the colour of the amethyst, the gem  also has a bluish colour deep as sapphire. It may also appear pink, due to its natural and intense pleochroism which makes the stone fascinating. Moreover because it is found in …

In Praise of Hands, the art of fine jewellery at Van Cleef & Arpels

In Praise of Hands, book by Franco Cologni edited by Marsilio Editori This week I had the opportunity to make a beautiful discovery. An enchanting journey with the power to suspend time… Like an early Christmas gift, for a high jewellery lover such as myself! A journey into the heart of high jewellery, plunging into the secrets of the prestigious Maison Van Cleef & Arpels, In Praise of Hands, these hands which have known how to craft unique pieces for over a hundred years. ©Bérengère Treussard Inside a cosy secret building begins this unforgettable experience with Céline Richard, editor of Précieux Webzine, her excellent article on this same topic can be found here. With Céline Richard (right), editor of Précieux Webzine For the book launching of “In Praise of Hands”, Van Cleef & Arpels made it possible for us to revive the experience of Mr. Franco Cologni in the workshop of the Maison. A necklace in the setting process. ©Bérengère Treussard Indeed, the recently renovated workshop brings together all the skills necessary for the realisation of …