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Beauty, Rarity, History...The M.S. Rau Antiques Blog

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M.S. Rau Antiques

Led by third-generation owner and published fine art expert Bill Rau, M.S. Rau Antiques has grown by leaps and bounds since his grandfather Max Rau opened the doors in 1912 to a then-small antiques store in the heart of New Orleans' historic French Quarter. Bill's extensive knowledge and reputation as a leader places him among the most respected antique experts and gallery owners today.

A New Orleans institution for over 100 years, M.S. Rau Antiques is among the premier antiques galleries in the world. Located in the heart of the French Quarter, our 25,000 square foot gallery overflows with incredible antiques by names including Tiffany & Co., Paul Revere and Fabergé. Our unparalleled selection of important, original paintings and sculpture spans the 16th through the 21st century, created by legendary artists such as Brueghel, Monet and Rockwell, and our diverse selection of exquisite jewels, including rare colored diamonds, Kashmir sapphires and Burma rubies is without equal.

The Splendor of Natural Colored Diamonds

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
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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
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  • 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

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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.

 

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