Cartier inspires next generation of artisans with enhanced presence at second edition of the Les De(ux)mains du Luxe 2023
14 DEC 2023
Les De(ux)mains du Luxe event, organised by the Colbert Committee and held in Station F from 14-17th December 2023 for the second time to date, invites young people aged 12-18 to discover luxury professions and the associated training programmes. Cartier will be present throughout the event, as an international leader in Jewellery production, particularly committed to ensuring the perpetuation, transmission and development of savoir-faire.
An enhanced second edition
In view of the success of last year's workshops, Cartier has doubled the number of workbenches in this year's edition, enabling young visitors to try out four main jewellery-making crafts. To further consolidate the educational dimension of its involvement, Cartier will offer a showcase explaining each stage in a piece's production, as well as an HR workshop for middle- and high-school students, outlining training and career opportunities in the jewellery sector and at Cartier in particular. Useful CV writing and interview preparation techniques will also be provided.
Furthermore, with the objective to preserve this exceptional heritage, Cartier will hold a round table with key training stakeholders on Saturday 16th December at 14:45 CET entitled "Public authorities, Schools and Companies: A vital alliance to teach young people the jewellery- making savoir-faire and pass on an exceptional French heritage". In attendance will be the French State Secretary for Youth, Prisca Thevenot, Human Resources Director of Cartier Jewellery and Watchmaking, Thibaut Lilas, the President of the Haute École de Joaillerie (HEJ) and Executive President of the French Union of Jewellery, Silverware, Stones and Pearls (UFBJOP), Bernadette Pinet-Cuoq and the Director of the École Boulle, Laurent Scordino-Mazanec.
At the heart of Cartier savoir-faire
By taking part in De(ux)mains du Luxe, Cartier wishes to raise awareness and promote the savoir-faire and crafts which have managed to combine a centuries-old tradition with cutting-edge technologies to benefit quality and design.
Cartier’s Jewellery and High Jewellery workshops, with 340 artisans, more than half of whom are women, are among the most important in the world. The artisans will host twenty-minute sessions to provide a hands-on introduction to various expertise around the workbench. Cartier’s four main crafts - jewellery-making, gem-setting, stone-cutting and polishing - will be presented to the young visitors to immerse them in Cartier's jewellery culture.
This year, the introductory workshops will be part of a comprehensive information drive testifying to Cartier's far-reaching commitment to training and its desire to offer young people tangible future prospects in challenging, captivating and constantly evolving artistic professions. Like last year, Cartier will welcome some twenty middle-school participants on stage at the Cartier Jewellery Institute.
Cartier's commitment to training the jewellers of tomorrow
Cartier's dedication to guiding, preserving and transmitting jewellery-making savoir-faire has led the Maison to get involved with a number of initiatives throughout the year. Recently, Cartier inaugurated the creation of two new classes, in jewellery-making and polishing, at the Haute École de Joaillerie (HEJ) and the École Boulle respectively. Cartier has also just celebrated the second anniversary of the undergraduate degree in Digital Design developed with the HEJ.
Cartier also welcomes some forty apprentices each year in its workshops and approximately thirty interns, with the aim of hiring them at the end of their course. Cartier hopes to increase these numbers in coming years, in order to respond to demand from a high growth sector.
These tangible initiatives in the field of training and recruitment go hand in hand with a desire to contribute to raising awareness among the general public about the savoir-faire and its significance from a heritage and economic standpoint. This is one of the main reasons why the Cartier Jewellery Institute has opened its doors to the general public during the European Heritage Days since 2022.
A reference in the world of luxury, Cartier, whose name is synonymous with open-mindedness and curiosity, distinguishes itself through its iconic creations and the celebration of beauty and individuality. Jewellery, high jewellery, watchmaking and fragrances, leather goods and accessories: Cartier's creations symbolise the convergence between exceptional craftsmanship and a timeless signature. Today, la Maison Cartier, which is part of the Richemont Group, has a worldwide presence through its network of flagship stores and boutiques, authorised retail partners and online boutique.
Alix De Izaguirre
© Matthew Oliver
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