Susan Lapene

A 25-year sales veteran, Susan Lapene is head of the Fine Jewelry Department here at M.S. Rau Antiques. A proud, native New Orleanian, Susan was educated at the University of New Orleans in Fine Arts and attended the Gemological Institute of America, or GIA, where she received her certification in Diamonds, Diamond Grading, Colored Stones and Jewelry Essentials. Susan has spent over 10 years in sales in the jewelry industry, and our customers have come to rely on her expertise and uncanny eye for beauty since she joined the M.S. Rau family in 2005.

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Accessorizing The Holiday Table

* The only four known 18th-century silver cheese stands are in museums or private collections* Get festive and have the best place setting this holiday season. With some our most unique and special items, you can set the table for this holiday and impress all your thanksgiving guests. Make your appetizers and delightful… Read More »

The Ultimate Diamond

Have you ever looked deep into the facets of a diamond and said, "That’s the most beautiful diamond I have ever seen?"  With 25 years under my belt in the jewelry business and after seeing thousands of diamonds, that's exactly what I said when I saw this particular diamond. Not only is it the most smashing diamond you… Read More »

In An Instant, I Was Whisked Away...

Staring deeply into the rich green hue of this emerald, so crisp and clean, I was transported back in time to a visit I made to the Emerald Isle.  The incredible green countryside almost looked like an impressionist artist had come along and painted this surreal scene just for me. It is amazing what thoughts can be provoked… Read More »