Delving into the depths of the science behind priceless jewellery, Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems exhibition features the curation of each gem-a careful and deliberate uncovering of minerals discovered at the core of the Earth, and the tedious procedure of turning them into works of art. Their largest heritage exhibition yet, on display will be over 400 creations from Van Cleef & Arpels and 250 precious minerals from the Minerals and Gems Collection of the French National Museum of Natural History in Paris.
Co-curated with ArtScience Museum, Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems showcases more than 100 years of history of these stunning gems, harmonising art, craft, history and geoscience with the rich culture of elegance and sophistication that Van Cleef & Arpels embodies. Ms. Honor Harger, Executive Director of ArtScience Museum, mentions, "...a dramatic journey that begins with the origin of minerals within the heart of the Earth, and culminates with the extraordinary craftsmanship that transfigures these gems into works of art,".
There will be two routes that blend to reveal the junction between science of mineralogy and the art of jewellery making: One uncovers the the evolution of minerals from deep into Earth to its surface, the other expounds on the transformation of these minerals into treasured works of art in the hands of the Maison's finest craftsmen, known as the "Mains d'Or".
The exhibition will be premiered on 23 April and tickets will be available from 1 April onwards at all Marina Sands box offices and websites. For more information, click here.