Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems

Van Cleef & Arpels - The Art and Science of Gems / Ribbon pieces

Discover the art and science behind Van Cleef & Arpels’ spellbinding collections of jewels.

Van Cleef & Arpels - The Art and Science of Gems / Foyer

Created in collaboration with French National Museum of Natural History, The Art of Science of Gems is the largest heritage exhibition of Van Cleef & Arpels. With over 100 years of history, this high jewellery house has crafted many unique jewels of many kinds, as well as a vast collection for the royalty.

Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems / Floating Masterpieces

The exhibition features over 450 creations scattered into seven themes that have influenced the house. Some of them are produced with techniques pioneered by Van Cleef & Arpels.

Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems / Floating Jewels

Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems / Zip bracelet

One iconic creation is the zip necklace – a transformable jewel that can be worn as a bracelet.

Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems / Stones

To complement the finely-crafted creations, artifacts from Minerals and Gems Collection of the French National Museum of Natural History are also on display.

Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems / Raw stone closeup

Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems / Golden Tassel

Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems / Ruby and Amethyst

Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems / mystery setting room

My favourite exhibit: The Mystery Setting. A technique where the gems are not held by traditional prongs or bezels. Rather, each gem is precisely cut below to be held by interlocking wire matrices. The final pieces are always spectacular, as the gemstones take on a fluid form, uninterrupted by surrounding metal.

Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems / Mystery setting

Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems / Mystery setting display

Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems / Dragons


Different stones

Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems / Emerald leaves

Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems / Precious Objects

It’s not just about wearables – precious objects can take on other forms.

Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems / Precious Objects - Ship

Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems / Precious Objects - Wild rose Minaudière, 1938

Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems / Precious Objects - quartz night

Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems / Precious Objects - Gold engraved case

Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems / Nature collection

The Nature collection is the largest themed collection – essentially a menagerie of inspiration for the house. This echoes even in its modern collections.

Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems / Nature collection - Passe Partout jewel, 1939

Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems / Nature collection - snowflakes

Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems / Nature collection - birds of paradise

Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems / Nature collection - adoring pets

Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems / Icons

The last room, Ballerinas, Fairies and Icons, hold some of the most whimsical creations, along with legendary pieces for stars and the royalty.

Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems / Icons - Golden Ballerina case

Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems / Lion bracelet

Don’t expect to find ‘souvenirs’ at the exit shop apart from books and prints. You can head to the Van Cleef & Arpels store at Marina Bay Sands Shoppes instead.


Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems

ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands

Tickets: $17 for adults, $10 for children (ages 12 and below), and $12.80 for students and seniors (above age 65). Singapore residents enjoy discounted rates of $10, $6, and $8.50 for the three categories respectively.

Bundle packages and all-access passes available. For more information refer to the ArtScience Museum website.


ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands

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