Follow an editor's journey through The Art & Science of Gems
And then there was Cate
Opening today, get a sneak peek of what's to come in store at the ArtScience Museum as Van Cleef & Arpels stage their most extensive learning journey yet
"Discover what pleases you and makes you dream," gushed Nicolas Bos, president and CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels. In town to unveil "The Art & Science of Gems" exhibition co-curated with the ArtScience Museum with the participation of the French National Museum of Natural History, he was joined byCarolstar and loyal friend of the brand, Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett. Whisking journalists off to discover eight sections within one floor of the museum, a trail takes you through the relationship between the science of mineralogy and the art of jewellery making. Follow culture editor Adibah Isa's journey through the exhibition for highlights which you should try to spot on your upcoming visit.
Curves and tassels respond to the femininity of the collection with a hint of the natural elements designed by Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku, who also designed the brand's recent store opening in Ginza.
In the Precious Objects section, we uncover 1930s treasures such as this minaudière, which was born from watching a woman put her lipstick in a Lucky Strike cigarette case. The detachable clasp can also be used as a pin, while a watch is hidden in the lipstick — back in the day, women were not encouraged to keep time.