French heritage meets Japanese craftsmanship in the “Mastery of an Art: Van Cleef & Arpels – High Jewelry and Japanese Crafts” exhibition. The maison displays its exquisite skills and aesthetics alongside 1,200 years’ worth of traditional Japanese crafts. The exhibition runs until August 6 at The National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Japan.


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History buffs will enjoy the first section of the exhibition, which explores the high jeweller’s history and the majority of items are from its archive collection of precious works.

Admirers of meticulous details and incredible savoir-faire will have plenty to see in the second section. Some 100 works of high jewellery are displayed with about 50 equally sublime examples of Japanese crafts, including cloisonné enamel, ceramics, lacquer ware and metalwork.

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Those interested in cultural exchange will enjoy the third section which features high jewellery pieces alongside works by contemporary Japanese craft artists. There will also be a special display of collaborative works.

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