Dubai, UAE:  Thanks to Van Cleef & Arpels at Art Dubai, I had the opportunity to visit the l’Atelier where I got a better understanding of how gemstones are chosen, and how the actual pieces are made, based on the wax models. A lot of creativity went into making the High Jewelry collection – a creative explosion of great beauty.

As you will see in the video that I made, one is taken through four journeys that Jules Verne’s hero in ‘Round the World in 80 days’ makes. I would like to thank Ms. Caroline, the PR manager of Van Cleef & Arpels for showing me around this amazing set up.

The Caryatids representing the 7 journeys of Jules Verne's character. Photo © Van Cleef & Arpels

‘Les Cariatides’ are monumental statutes that represent the four journeys that we, as visitors, are about to take.  The four journeys taken are as follows:

  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • From the Earth to the Moon
  • Journey to the Centre of the Earth
  • Five Weeks in a Balloon


Van Cleef & Arpels also supported the START venture by offering a special edition jewelry box which is made of two lacquered butterfly clips. These clips were the result of the collaboration between Van Cleef & Arpels and Japanese master lacquerer Hakose San.

Waristsuke butterfly designed for the START collaboration. Photo © Van Cleef & Arpels


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