Simply after my birthday a couple of weeks in the past, Mackenzie took me to Paris for a whirlwind journey – simply 24 hours within the Metropolis of Love! While there, I used to be invited to take part in an unbelievable High Jewellery workshop by the historic jewelry maison Van Cleef & Arpels.
Van Cleef & Arpels was based in 1896 by Estelle Arpels and her husband Alfred Van Cleef at 22 Place Vendôme in Paris. Usually that includes flowers and animals, their timeless, iconic items have been worn by type icons corresponding to Grace Kelly, and Elizabeth Taylor.
The masterclass takes place steps away from the gorgeous Place Vendôme, within the stunning and majestic Hôtel de Ségur. You possibly can e-book to participate as effectively and wow, what a captivating, magical expertise it was!
The entire day was like a dream, we took a stroll alongside the river within the morning, had lunch on the Ritz, after which trotted over the street to start the masterclass.
Over the course of two hours, I used to be in a position to expertise firsthand the assorted steps concerned in creating jewels: from the sculpting and modelling of the wax (my favorite half) to the carving of the steel, studying varied totally different clasps that maintain diamonds and different gems, and the traditional method nonetheless used to shine gemstone settings. Knowledgeable jewellers information you thru the entire course of at your very personal workshop desk, full with knowledgeable white coat and magnifying glasses! Sure, I liked that.
Certainly one of my favorite components? On the finish of the workshop, I ended by Van Cleef & Arpels’s window and whereas admiring the jewels, I realised I might see previous the glint and respect the information and beautiful craftsmanship that go into every murals. I left so impressed – couldn’t suggest this workshop as a part of your subsequent journey to Paris, sufficient!