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Creating Cartier

At the Cartier Jewelry Institute in Paris. ©Cartier. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Paris, France — It’s that time of year when cultural sites and institutions open up their doors to the public throughout Europe. One of the highlights on the Parisian calendar is the Cartier Jewelry Institute (Institut Joaillerie Cartier) which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. An invitation that enables the lucky visitors to discover the vast arts and crafts professions of high jewelry making. The house was created in 1847 and from its inception has worked towards transmitting and rendering durable the know-how and excellence that high jewelry making requires.

At the Cartier Jewelry Institute in Paris. ©Cartier. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

The Cartier open doors for the European Heritage Days also offer the opportunity to discover the glyptique arts or hard stone carving in the presence of Philippe Nicolas, one of the last masters of the art which entails carving predominantly semi-precious stones but also gemstones in a practice that brings together both jewelry and sculpture techniques. Cameos, for instance, are made using the glyptique arts. The World Heritage Days visit which lasts one hour and a half also offers a discovery of the house of Cartier’s professions: jeweler, gem cutter, gem setter, polisher and stringer. The visits for the European Heritage Days are free of charge.

At the Cartier Jewelry Institute in Paris. ©Cartier. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

The Institute opened its doors in 2002 and moved into the Hôtel Pinsot, an 18th century townhouse in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, the historical neighborhood of Parisian jewelry making, in 2016. The Cartier Jewelry Institute remains committed to maintaining and transmitting the arts and crafts of jewelry making through continued training for its craftsmen and women. A jeweler for instance can be trained in gem setting. The training sessions are also open to journalists as well as friends and clients of the house of Cartier.
©The Gourmet Gazette
For World Heritage Days reservations from September 15th until September 18th
To discover the world of Cartier and the Cartier Jewelry Institute

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