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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Glitz and Glamour: Art Deco Jewelry

Glitzy. Glamourous. Flamboyant. The Roaring 20s were a period of evolving fashion and sparkling society. For many, this decade evokes ostentatious “Gatsby-esque” celebrations, as well as the birth of mass culture, jazz music, and the ‘new woman’. The onset of new fashion trends that broke all the rules mimicked the changing… Read More »

The Richness of the Garnet: January Birthstone

* These stunning drop earrings boast 17.58 total carats of radiant Mandarin garnets* The deep crimson hue of the garnet isn’t the only thing dramatic around this ancient stone – it also possesses a rich history that spans centuries. In ancient times, the garnet was adored by Egyptian pharaohs and queens, who blanketed… Read More »

The Queen of Georgian Silver: Hester Bateman

* This incredible covered tankard features a flaring cylindrical, with applied mid band and a domed cover.* 18th century England, an age when gender roles were very nearly set in stone, held few options for women beyond marriage and motherhood. While men provided financial support for their families, women were expected to… Read More »