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7 Exceptional Gifts for Exceptional Moms

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, but there is still time to find the perfect present for all of the moms in your life. Moms help to keep our worlds spinning, and especially these days, they deserve something special to let them know that they are truly appreciated. In times that are truly extraordinary, we want to help you find the anything-but-ordinary Mother's Day gift for your one-of-a-kind mom. These are gifts that she won't soon forget, and that are sure to show her how special she is in your life. Read on to discover M.S. Rau's seven exceptional gifts for exceptional moms.

 

 

Camille Fauré Enamel Vases
 

Camille Fauré Enamel Vases

What better way to brighten a room than with an enamel vase by the great Limoges-based enameler Camille Fauré? M.S. Rau currently has an exceptional collection of these one-of-a-kind objets d’art, from floral vases that rival any fresh bouquet to geometric vases that embody the timeless Art Deco aesthetic.
 

 Fauré’s vases earn their vibrancy thanks to his signature technique of layering colorful enamel on top of a copper and silver leaf base. Enamel was “built up” to create the tactile effect that is unique to Fauré’s work. Where the enamel layers were more thinly applied, the copper and silver leaf shine through, giving these vases their distinctive, luminous quality. Click here to view a video of Bill Rau discussing these rare treats, or Shop the Collection now.

 

 

Lalique Glass
 

Lalique Glass

Glassware can elevate any bar, vanity or bookshelf, making it the perfect gift that will surely be both used and beloved. When it comes to the type of glass to buy, Lalique is in a class all its own. Versatile and revolutionary, Lalique’s outstanding creativity in design resulted in some of the most dazzling and original pieces ever seen.
 
Meissen Porcelain Figurines
 

Meissen Porcelain Figurines

Porcelain manufactory Meissen is a legend in the history of ceramics, and Meissen figurines have stood the test of time when it comes to truly heartwarming decorative arts. Moms will particularly love the cherubic allegorical figures that embody early childhood innocence — or perhaps your family is more like Meissen’s beloved monkey band? Whichever may be the case, M.S. Rau has an impressive collection from which to choose.
 
Click here to shop Meissen porcelain, or learn more about the history of porcelain by visiting our virtual exhibition The Pursuit of Perfection: Masterpieces of European Porcelain.
 
Tiffany & Co. Chrysanthemum Silver
 

Tiffany & Co. Chrysanthemum Silver

In the realm of great American silver, one pattern reigns supreme: Tiffany & Co.‘s Chrysanthemum. What makes this pattern so special? The motif combines robust Baroque shapes with a modern, nature-inspired motif, resulting in one of the most prized and luxurious silver patterns of all time. Though it was originally made popular by new brides, this Art Nouveau-inspired floral motif is the perfect gift for the hostess, tea lover, gourmand, silver aficionado or anyone who appreciates a piece of silver that is truly timeless. For us, a gift of Chrysanthemum silver is a no brainer, so Shop the Collection today.

 


Chrysanthemum isn’t the pattern for you? Click here to learn about other important silver patterns to discover the perfect motif.

 

 

Wedgwood’s Fairyland Lustre
 

Wedgwood’s Fairyland Lustre

If you know a mom who gets lost in fairytales just as much as her children, then M.S. Rau’s collection of Fairyland Lustre porcelain by Wedgwood is likely just the gift for which you’ve been searching. Designed by the visionary Daisy Makeig-Jones, the motifs of the Fairyland Lustre line were rooted in fairytales, incorporating scenes of nymphs, elves and fairies romping through enchanted forests and make-believe lands. Shop the Collection for the perfect happy ending to your Mother’s Day!

 

 

Gold Snuff Box
 

Gold Snuff Box

The "taking of snuff" was a very social activity among Europe's upper class, beginning in the early 16th century. With such widespread usage, the demand for a fashionable yet functional way to carry one's snuff inspired the greatest jewelers, enamelers, goldsmiths and silversmiths of the time to create what we know today as the snuff box.
 

The taking of snuff may be outdated, but these diminutive gold snuff boxes have a plethora of other uses. As a holder of credits cards, cash, business cards or small cosmetic items, they are the ideal size to fit in a pocket or a purse. Their utility paired with their stunning artistry make them an ideal choice for this Mother’s Day. Shop the Collection and find your perfect “gift box.”

 

 

South Sea Pearls
 

South Sea Pearls

Pearls are always a classic that any mother is sure to love! While these gems of the sea range in size, shape and color, our personal favorites are those that hail from the warm waters of the South Pacific. South Sea pearls are created by the largest mollusks in the world, resulting in their incredible luster and coveted nacre. Since these mollusks only survive in the wild, South Sea pearls are extremely limited, though M.S. Rau’s collection currently holds a few of these coveted strands. To learn more about pearls, check out our comprehensive Collector’s Guide to Pearls, or Shop the Collection today.

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