Celebrating its centennial in 2012, M.S. Rau Antiques continues to assist discerning clients who seek the finest in antiques, fine arts and estate jewels from its historic location in New Orleans' French Quarter. The country's largest gallery, M.S. Rau has clout and class. When it comes to jewelry, M.S. Rau's collections are noble and noteworthy, with gems in the same league as Elizabeth Taylor's world famous collection that recently went up for auction. Many of M.S. Rau's gems average in the millions of dollars. For a complete selection, visit www.rauantiques.com
This $2,250,000 intense blue Kashmir sapphire is 14.44 carats, remarkably flawless and a deep blue color. It is set in platinum along two trapezoid diamonds each 2.08 carats. The blue color comes across as rich and velvety, a quality for which superior Kashmir sapphires are coveted.
Kashmir sapphires enjoy a near-mythic reputation for their superior cornflower blue hue and and those hailing from the Kashmir region are the pinnacle of quality and beauty.
At $1,250,000, this extremely rare, 27.42 carat Ceylon intense pink sapphire is dazzling. The magnificent, exceptionally clear and vivid gem is a cushion cut and displays the flawless purplish-pink, "bubble-gum" hue for which Ceylon sapphires are prized. It's incredible carat weight makes it one of the few in the world of this quality and size. It is flanked by two trapezoid cut diamonds totaling 2.30 carats.
This smoldering natural Colombian emerald weighs 6.38 carats and is a stunning example of a step-cut gem. The clarity and cut command attention and set off the deep verdant hue of this unique precious gemstone, which is encircled by 1.65 carats of diamonds, and flanked by two trapezoid cut diamonds which are set along the pavé shank. The ring is platinum and sells for $388,500.