L’Ecole, School of Jewelry Arts, returns to New York City this October with a series of classes, exhibitions, and conversations that invite the public to immerse themselves in the art of jewelry guided by leading experts from the French house Van Cleef & Arpels. L’Ecole will take up residence at 2 East 63rd Street from October 25–November 9, 2018, with a dynamic roster of programs that introduce and deepen visitors’ understanding of the jewelry-making processes and techniques, gemology, and the fascinating history behind some of the world’s most precious stones.
Marking the school’s most expansive U.S. program to date, the fall 2018 program will feature 15 courses, 4 workshops designed for children and teens, and 8 conversations that bring together experts across the disciplines of art, science, history, and technology. The educational programs will be enhanced by 3 exhibitions, open to the public with free admission. They include the New York debut of works by renowned American artist Daniel Brush, featuring a series of chokers, a set of bangles inspired by the bracelet’s cultural role in India, and the artist’s first visual poetry book; a rare presentation of a private New York collection of jewelry from the 19th century to the 1960s; and a display of historical reproductions — made possible due to L’Ecole’s multidisciplinary research approach — that reimagine 20 exquisite diamonds previously owned by Louis XIV, but which are now mostly lost to the world.