The French Crown Jewels: a crown belonging to Louis XV, known as the personal crown of Louis XV.
© Musée du Louvre, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais – M. Beck-Coppola
If you’re tired of Netflix, have reached the bottom of your reading pile and can’t bear the thought of another Zoom party, maybe it’s time to consider the world of online education to beat #stayhome boredom. The Van Cleef & Arpels-backed L’Ecole, the School of Jewelry Arts, in Paris, is offering a series of short videos on Instagram TV, to complement the library of jewelry, gemology and history educational videos on its website while face-to-face courses are off-limits.
Gemstones and history at home
Alongside its established offering, the School’s gemstone experts and course instructors are taking to Instagram to keep followers entertained and educated during the COVID-19 lockdown in force around the world. Ranging from Art History, to the inside track on notable gemstones and deep dives into specific styles, the videos will be released on the School’s Instagram account regularly over the coming weeks.
Highlights will include the true story of Farnham Paulding, ‘the lost genius of Tiffany’; the backstory to Vermeer’s Girl With a Pearl Earring and a focus on memento mori. Already available on the IGTV channel of the @lecolevancleefarpels account are several episodes of the saga of the French Crown Jewels, the School is planning on releasing two videos a week for the foreseeable future.
A gemstone-surrounded brooch of Phillipe II d’Orléans (1674-1723)
© Landesmuseum Württemberg Museum
The Instagram series is designed to complement the School’s existing online library of videos exploring a range of jewelry art topics, alongside the face-to-face courses held in an 18th century Paris mansion, a short walk from the center of the French jewelry industry at Place Vendôme. Founded in 2012 by Van Cleef & Arpels, the School of Jewelry Arts is the first educational institution in the field of jewelry arts to welcome the general public with talks, courses and workshops for both adults and children, run by industry experts.
From deep dives into gemology to practical design and jewelry-making workshops, the wide-ranging offering is run by a 60-strong team of jewelers, historians, gemologists and industry specialists all of whom use their skills daily, in jewelry or art history. The institution’s travelling school program has taken their teachings as far afield as the US, Dubai and Japan to share skills and knowledge with a particularly passionate audience worldwide, with a second outpost recently opened in Hong Kong.
Find out more about L’Ecole School of Jewelry Arts and its e-library of jewelry and gemology videos and follow the IGTV series on @lecolevencleefarpels