For centuries, the gorgeous creations of the jewellers of France have adorned the most famous wrists and necks in the world. Paris occupies an important place in this industry, particularly with the Place Vendôme and its prestigious brands. Treat yourself to a stay at the Hotel L’Interlude, in the soothing and welcoming atmosphere of the 12th arrondissement. From the friendly and comfortable setting of our 3-star hotel, you can discover the treasures of the history of jewellery with the luxurious exhibition featuring the creations of Van Cleef & Arpels at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle.
Van Cleef & Arpels: over 100 years of gemstone history
Alfred van Cleef and Salomon Arpels founded their eponymous jewellery company in 1896. Over the years it became a major name in its field. Perhaps it’s the love story between Alfred van Cleef, son of a lapidary, and Estelle Arpels, daughter of a gemstone trader, which is the source of the beauty of the company's creations. Van Cleef & Arpels pieces have been worn by the Duchess of Windsor (many of which were designed by the former Edward VIII himself), Princess Grace of Monaco, and actress Elizabeth Taylor.
From the depths of the earth to the heights of jewellery
Precious Stones: from Minerals to Jewellery is the name given to the exhibition presented by the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle until June 14th, 2021. An exquisitely lit contemporary scenography brings together raw gems, minerals and pieces of fine jewellery, including nearly 500 items from the museum's collection, allowing the visitor to follow and understand the processes that form the minerals used as raw materials by jewellers. Gold, diamonds, emeralds and rubies: all are formed in the depths of the earth. These raw materials are displayed along with prehistoric art objects and, of course, 300 pieces from the exceptional collection of Van Cleef & Arpels.
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Hotel L'Interlude, a 3-star hotel in the heart of the 12th arrondissement