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History of Jewellery Design: 1880 to Now

Online Course, English, 2018/19

Explore the glamour and exquisite craftsmanship of Haute Joaillerie from the Belle Époque to the present day. Vanessa Cron brings high jewellery to life, revealing the context of its creation throughout the twentieth century in this introduction to jewellery design. Encounter the patrons, jewellers and fashions that made Europe the epicentre of influential new styles of jewellery, and see the global reach of high jewellery in the twenty-first century. 

Including exclusive interviews with: Chaumet, Mellerio dits Meller, Cartier, Boucheron, Van Cleef & Arpels, Wallace Chan, François Curiel on JAR and Viren Bhagat.

By the end of this course:

•You will be able to identify jewellery from the Belle Époque to today by period

•You will know the major fashions and jewellery houses, and understand how each influenced the other to create extraordinary jewels

•You will have been introduced to fashionable royalty, celebrities, magnates and artists whose patronage inspired jewellery designers

•You will have a broad understanding of the importance and mythology behind different gems, materials and motifs used in European jewellery

•You will have seen prominent contemporary jewellers at work, and have gained an insight into their personal inspirations and impact on today’s collectors

Registration is now open for this course, you can register today by clicking on Enroll Now against your preferred course dates below.

Watch an excerpt from Session 4: Retro Jewellery, about how French jewellery designers discovered new ways to create exceptional pieces in the aftermath of war.

Course details


  • October 23 - December 3, 2018  Enrol Now
    Online Orientation opens on October 16, 2018

    January 18 - March 7, 2019 Enrol Now
    Online Orientation opens on January 11, 2019

    April 12 - May 30, 2019 Enrol Now
    Online Orientation opens on April 5, 2019

    July 12 - August 29, 2019 Enrol Now
    Online Orientation opens on July 5, 2019

Course Schedule

  • Six-week Programme

    Week 1 - Belle Époque (1890 - 1914) 

    Week 2 - Art Nouveau (1895 - 1910) 

    Week 3 - Art Deco (1915 - 1935) 

    Week 4 - Retro (1935 - 1955) 

    Week 5 - Modern (1960 - 1980) 

    Week 6 - Contemporary (1980 - Now) 

Additional Course Information

  • The course will require approx. 2 hrs of study time per week. There will be a final assignment and optional further reading each week. 

    Read our Frequently Asked Questions to find out more information about online courses.

    Technical Requirements

    The course is facilitated through an online learning environment that is compatible with most modern browsers. It is the responsibility of students to have the proper hardware and software required to participate, along with access to Wifi. The basic technical requirements can be found in the FAQs. 


  • The course is convened by Vanessa Cron, Jewellery historian and specialist.


  • Registration is open.

    Select your preferred course date and click on Enroll Now to register.

    This course is offered in English.

    Fee: $1,500

    Terms and Conditions


  • Sarah Buccarelli, Online Courses Department

    Telephone: +1 212 355 1501 Email:

    We are grateful to Strutt & Parker, exclusive U.K. affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, for the kind loan of Hans Place, London, for the filming of this course.

Student Testimonials

This is just the kind of course I have been looking for for ages. I now have lots of new areas of interest that I can go off and explore.

I really liked the opportunity to see all the masterpieces of each era and the interviews. This was a chance to enter to a new world in jewellery.

The class was a wonderful break from my real job...Thank you for the dedicated approach. I can't imagine a better way to spend a vacation than delving into a class with Christie’s.

This course is extremely good and very informative. Thank you.

I could have spent a week binge-watching the whole thing at once.