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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Susan Lapene

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 »

Tortoiseshell: An 18th and 19th Century Luxury

One of the rarest and most luxurious materials of the 18th and 19th centuries, tortoiseshell has long been valued for the manufacture of jewelry cases, tea caddies, snuffboxes, and other decorated items.  This rare and exquisite material is mainly produced from the shell of the hawksbill sea turtle. The large size and unique,… Read More »

The Mystery Within

* The flicker cane is ready for danger at the flick of a wrist.* What provocative objects can be hidden inside a cane? Man and his ingenuity have managed to come up with thousands and thousands of tools, personal necessities, and weapons to defend themselves...all tucked neatly away inside an unassuming cane. At first… Read More »