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The Splendor of Natural Colored Diamonds

May 30th, 2012 | posted by Bill Rau
This astounding 4.05-carat Green Diamond is one of the rarest gemstones in the world
This astounding 4.05-carat Green Diamond is one of the rarest gemstones in the world.
Another masterpiece from M.S.  Rau's extensive Jewelry Collection: A veritable rainbow of colored diamonds are showcased in this exquisite bracelet
Another masterpiece from M.S. Rau’s extensive Jewelry Collection: A veritable rainbow of colored diamonds are showcased in this exquisite bracelet.
Less than 1/1,000,000th of all yellow diamonds are graded as Natural Fancy, and even fewer bear the Intense color grading of this spectacular specimen
Less than 1/1,000,000th of all yellow diamonds are graded as Natural Fancy, and even fewer bear the Intense color grading of this spectacular specimen.

Few objects in the world posses the beauty and allure of natural colored diamonds. Ancient peoples first discovered these wonders of nature circa 3,000 B.C.E., and wore them as talismans to ward off evil spirits. Once cutting techniques emerged in the late 15th-century, colored diamonds quickly became associated with power and wealth, with the grandest examples finding their way into crown jewels and prestigious private collections throughout the world.

M.S. Rau Antiques has the honor and distinction to offer a select few of these opulent treasures in our expansive Fine Jewelry Collection. The star of the show is this incredibly large and exceptional 4.05-carat Natural Fancy Green Diamond. Since the precise environmental and geological conditions that are necessary to achieve such a brilliant verdant color seldom occur in nature, green diamonds rank among the rarest gemstones in the world. Surrounded by 40 full-cut Natural Pink Diamonds in a beautiful platinum and 18K rose gold ring, this green diamond is in a class by itself.

Intense fancy yellow diamonds are the most rare and valuable of all the yellow diamonds, and hence, are the most desirable. The vibrancy of this Natural Fancy Intense Yellow Diamond is found in less than 1/1,000,000th of all yellow diamonds. This particular example weighs an incredible 7.59 carats and is set in a fine platinum and 18K gold ring, with sparkling white diamonds on each side. Again, only exact conditions lasting over millions of years are needed to achieve such a gorgeous specimen.

Nature has proved to be the greatest artist of all time. It takes millennia to create just one of these stunning gemological masterpieces; the majority of which weigh well under one carat. For the few who have ever had the chance to view natural colored diamonds in person, the awe and fascination they inspire is as undeniable as their beauty and rarity.

To learn more about M.S. Rau Antiques incredible selection of rare diamonds, and to view our latest Jewelry Catalog, featuring colored diamonds and other gemological rarities, click here.

The Fire Within

April 26th, 2012 | posted by James Gillis

Nonius, a Roman Senator, preferred exile to parting with the Ethiopian Opal that Marc Antony demanded from him. Furthermore, the famous 1st century author Pliny wrote that Opals combine the best possible characteristics of the most beautiful of gemstones.

One look at this magnificent opal bead necklace and you instantly understand why these stones have been revered for thousands of years. The necklace juxtaposes the cool glimmer of over 4 carats of diamonds with the warmth of 33 gleaming Ethiopian opals. Each bead contains a lightning storm of fiery hues within, sure to make the wearer glow.  While the stones are, as they have been for millennia, beautiful in their own right, cut into the round bead form, they really exude radiance.

In their natural state, opals tend to exist in thin, flat layers making them rare to find of a size that allows them to be cut into large beads.  The layout of graduated beads (often pearls) in this necklace is classic, but to display opals in this way brings an unexpected twist to the elegant design. The quality, size, and shape of these opals make them highly sought after and they are without a doubt some of the finest to be offered on the market today.

To say that this necklace has an ethereal quality would be an understatement; every bead mesmerizes, seemingly containing its own cosmos. We all deserve the right to own something this beautiful, so, now is your chance!

To see all of our opal jewelry in stock, click here.

Purple Sapphires, a Rare and Regal Delight!

March 20th, 2012 | posted by James Gillis

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Sapphires can be called the gemstones of the sky . . .they lie well hidden in just a few places and have to be brought to light through extremely hard work. Sapphires are found in India, Burma, Ceylon, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, Brazil, Madagascar, Tanzania and Kenya. From the gemstone mines, these raw crystals are first taken to the cutting-centers where they are turned into sparkling gemstones by skilled hands. When cutting a sapphire, the cutter has to muster all his skill, for these gemstones are not only hard; depending on the angle from which you look at them, they also have different intensities and shades of color. So it is the job of the cutter to orientate the raw crystals in such a way that the color is brought out to its best advantage. Just as they have done with our Purple Sapphire.

Purple sapphires are, in fact, quite extraordinary and far rarer than more traditional blue sapphires. Unlike most blue and pink sapphires which need to be heat treated in order to obtain their best color display, purple sapphires very rarely require any heat treatment. Furthermore they tend to change color in different lighting!

This purple sapphire not only radiates beauty, magnificent color, and transparency, but also constancy and durability associated with these stunning gemstones. The sapphire belongs to the corundum group, the members of which are characterized by their excellent hardness (9 on the Mohs scale). Indeed their hardness is exceeded only by that of the diamond, the diamond being the hardest mineral on Earth! Thanks to their durability, sapphires are exremely easy to look after, requiring no more than an occasional cleaning on behalf of the wearer.

To take a look at our other sapphires in stock, click here.

Tiffany for Everyone!

December 26th, 2011 | posted by Susan Lapene

There are but a few names synonymous with exceptional quality; Tiffany & Company being one of them. Since opening its doors in 1837, Tiffany and Co. has been a uniquely American brand representing glamour, sophistication and creative design. The company has successfully held its designs to the standard of the finest art – and to own a piece of antique Tiffany jewelry is akin to owning the best work by the greatest painter.  The four pieces I have the privilege of offering to you this holiday season are classic Tiffany.  They make a statement; they are playful; they are utterly chic.

The first piece, a stunning 18K gold bangle bracelet by Tiffany designer Jean Schlumberger, is a study in pure design. Teal green enamel is the back drop for a series of applied gold bands and cross hatches.

The second piece is also by Jean Schlumberger and is of the same nature but features royal blue enamel with 1.50 carats of diamonds around it. There are 19 larger diamonds and 38 smaller ones making it utterly eye-catching from every angle.

Jean Schlumberger is one of the most respected jewelry designers in history. Born in France, he created costume jewelry for Elsa Schiaparelli before moving to New York after World War II. Hired by Tiffany in the 1950s, Schlumberger’s work quickly became the talk of the town, attracting collectors such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and the Duchess of Windsor.

The other two pieces I am presenting to you are bold brooches that will instantly transform any outfit – from a gorgeous gown to a wool blazer – you will be noticed. The stunning reclining cat pin features emerald eyes and numerous diamonds covering the platinum base. It’s truly a charming piece that any cat-lover would be enthralled by. The emerald eyes are the perfect complement to the shining diamonds.

The second piece, the catfish brooch with sapphires, emeralds, and enamel is one of the most unique pieces of jeweled ornament I have ever seen. It’s excellently crafted and pictures truly do not do its charm justice.

Any one of these pieces would make a lovely addition to your collection. Please let me know which of these entice you most!

Table for Six! Or Twelve…

March 2nd, 2010 | posted by James Gillis

Table for six... Table for Twelve!

In 1762, the English Naval Armada captured Havana, holding Cuba for almost a year. It was ceded to Spain in exchange for Florida territory in the Treaty of Paris (1763). The English harvested a tremendous amount of mahogany from the island and from that point forward English furniture manufactured with mahogany was referred too as Cuban Mahogany – regardless if the woods harvest origin was another distant global locale.

The Jupes expansion table is one such item that fits into the Cuban Mahogany genre.  The table is an engineering marvel with its patented expansion mechanism – still working magnificently since its installation in 1830.  Closed, it seats 6 and opened, with its leaves inserted, it sits a group of 12 people.  One of the marvels of this circular table is that no one is left out of the conversation – it’s an all inclusive dinner party with this table.

This piece is remarkable. I never get tired of talking about it. It’s both an engineering and artistic masterpiece. If you come to the store, this is something you need to see. Ask for James, I’d be happy to show you how it works.

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