Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art & Science Of Gems


After Hermès’ Leather Forever and Louis Vuitton’s Series 3 exhibitions, both of which were huge affairs in Singapore, comes French jewellery house Van Cleef & Arpels’ exhibition, The Art & Science Of Gems.

Kicking off on 23 April 2016 and housed within Marina Bay Sands’ ArtScience Museum, it’s a carefully curated journey that’s meant to tease all your senses, starting from the origins of minerals that include everything from precious gems to exquisite diamonds to the extraordinary craftsmanship that Van Cleef & Arpels puts into each delicate, ornate piece before it is presented to their boutiques around the world.

Passe Partout jewel, 1939. Gold, sapphires, rubies, diamonds, Patrick Gries © Van Cleef & Arpels

Spanish ballerina clip, 1941. Platinum, gold, rubies, emeralds, diamonds. Peony clip, 1937. Platinum, gold, mystery set rubies, diamonds, Patrick Gries © Van Cleef & Arpels


With over 450 pieces on display, it’s easily one of the largest exhibitions put together by VCA outside of Paris yet, with the beautiful pieces divided into 7 themes that show the revered savoir-faire and meticulous crafting techniques, many of which are exclusive to the Maison.

Along with the French National Museum of Natural History, who will be presenting 250 gems and minerals in their pure, unadulterated state, which will also be on display for an experience that’s both complete and enriching.

The exhibition will run from 23 April to 14 August 2016, with opening hours set between 10 am and 7 pm each day. Admission is charged at SGD10 for Singapore residents, with family packages (2 adults and 2 kids) priced at just SGD26 nett.

In other words, a small price to pay for the experience of savouring hundreds of priceless gems at your leisure over the course of the day. Just head over to ArtScience Museum’s online site for more details.

Images: Van Cleef & Arpels

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