In Praise of Hands

In Praise of Hands

The Art of Fine Jewelry at Van Cleef & Arpels

pp. 200 con 157 ill a col. e b/n, 1° ed.

Founded in Paris in 1896, Van Cleef & Arpels is perhaps the most renown maison of fine jewellery in the world. The book reveals for the first time the secrets of the Mains d’Or that make every piece by Van Cleef & Arpels a unique jewel.
The human hand takes pride in its work, which provides its most authentic means of self-realization. With this book, Van Cleef & Arpels wish to pay homage to all those skilled and knowledgeable hands, whose humility and selflessness make it possible for jewellery to exist. It is a life force, transmitted by jewellers, setters, polishers and all those who are dailyconfronted by age-old and precious materials: shaping, transforming and exalting them, without ever betraying the reverence that a masterpiece should inspire. As the creators of objects that continue to demonstrate the evolution and consistency of the Van Cleef & Arpels style, the master craftmen from the workshops in the Place Vendôme are not just gifted artisans. They are not satisfied by melting, shaping, setting, assembling and polishing. They are not content with mere beauty: they are constantly searching for new challenges to slake their thirst for progress.




(Milano, 1934) è Presidente della Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d'Arte da lui creata nel 1995 con lo scopo di salvaguardare e promuovere il patrimonio dell'artigianato artistico di eccellenza. È stato Presidente della Fondazione Internazionale dell'Alta Orologeria, con sede a Ginevra, dove oggi ricopre la carica di Presidente del Comitato Culturale. Ha fondato a Milano la Creative Academy, scuola internazionale di design e creative management del Gruppo Richemont. Per il suo contributo alla cultura e all'economia, in Francia è Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite, Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres e Officier de la Légion d'Honneur. Per il suo impegno come imprenditore, in Italia è stato nominato Cavaliere del Lavoro nel 2002.