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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We'll Drink to That: The Essential Wine Cellarette

* This handsome mahogany wine cellarette was crafted during the reign of William IV* Wildly popular for their elegance and functionality, wine cellarettes were considered an essential piece of dining room furniture between the mid-18th and mid-19th centuries. The wine cellarette was generally displayed beneath a sideboard or… Read More »

A Colorful World of Innovation: Wedgwood's Jasperware

“Beautiful forms and compositions are not made by chance, nor can they ever, in any material, be made at small expense” – Josiah Wedgwood In a career that lasted over 40 years and fundamentally spurred the industrialization of the manufacturing of stoneware, Josiah Wedgwood and his factory achieved perfection in ceramic… Read More »

Captivated in Color: The Perpetuity of the Sapphire

Immediately recognizable for its velvety, rich blue hue, the sapphire is among the crème de la crème of the gemstone world. In the centuries since the gem’s discovery, the sapphire has endured as a symbol for royalty, as well as truth and faithfulness. * The breathtaking color and rarity of this 10.30-carat natural, “no-heat”… Read More »