M.S. Rau takes pride in offering enchanting things that evoke curiosity and awe, and that cannot be found any place else. That principal most certainly applies to our beautiful antique jewelry collection. Whether you’re searching for a perfectly cut white diamond, rare and unusual colored gemstones or antique jewelry designed and signed by the world’s most influential jewelry designers, you will find something that delights you within our collection. We offer a diverse, radiant collection of gems that hold up to high standards of expertise.
It delights us to source perfect Colombian emeralds, dazzling antique opals full of fire, large fancy colored diamonds and so much more. And, with a passion for the highest-quality antique jewelry comes a deep knowledge and expertise that we strive to share with our collectors and the public. These educational resources come in the form of blogs and articles written by our in-house experts. It is our hope that these resources will help deepen your appreciation of fine jewelry and help you make informed decisions when acquiring this wearable art. Below are some of our favorite resources, but we are always thrilled to answer further questions.
|colored diamonds to take on their varied hues? For instance, it is nitrogen that gives yellow diamonds their color, while boron is the element responsible for highly rare blue diamonds. Click here for a deeper understanding of how colored diamonds are evaluated, graded and more.
|emerald has provoked this feeling since at least 330 B.C.! Read this article to better understand the enduring beauty of emerald jewelry, as well as why those of Colombian origin are especially valuable.
|This article will help you understand the nuances of pearls, including origin, shape, size and quality. Read on to deepen your appreciation for the gems of the sea.
|opals hold a particular air of enchantment. With the vast majority of gem-quality opals hailing from Australia, the stone has been declared the National Gemstone of Australia and is considered a national treasure. Opal gemstones and opal jewelry can range from fire opals, black opals, white opals and crystal opals. Browse our exclusive collection of antique opal rings.
|Paraba Tourmalines? We certainly are too. This short read will inform you about the discovery and ensuing desire for this stunning colored gemstone.
Jewelry and Style Guides
|Art Deco style. The urbanization and industrialization of the 1920s spawned an era of design whose influence we continue to see and feel today. This quick read will provide additional context for these geometric gems.
|Often used for antique brooches, colored gemstones are a popular choice for collecting antique jewelry. However, there is an added cultural value when these gemstones are singed or set in designs by major makers. Here you will learn about some of our favorites, including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany & Co. and others.
Interested in the evolution of antique jewelry by design period? This article will help you understand and identify antique jewelry from the following periods and styles: Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian, Art Deco and Retro.
|Click here for an overview of their history and enduring allure. Browse our exclusive collection of antique pocket watches for sale.
|antique engagement rings.
If you're not convinced about the above, this blog will reinforce the idea that “A [White] Diamond is Forever.” Read on to learn more about their timeless allure.
We hope that this guide has encouraged a newfound appreciation and understanding of jewelry. Now that you have studied up on gemology, as well as the history, cultural and market value of various rare gemstones, we invite you to put this knowledge to use by perusing our current antique jewelry collection. Have a look at these glimmering antique earrings, mesmerizing antique rings and enticing antique necklaces.
Do you want to dive deeper or inquire about a specific piece of antique jewelry? One of our experts would be delighted to assist you. It is our goal and promise to help you Buy With Confidence, and you can learn about our special jewelry acquisition program here. To speak with an expert, call us today at 1-800-544-9440.