The term “fine jewelry” is often used to describe any jewelry crafted of precious metals such as gold and platinum, often set with genuine precious gemstones such as rubies, sapphires and emeralds. Technically, this is a good way to distinguish fine jewelry. But here at M.S. Rau, we hold our fine jewelry — and all of our jewelry — to a higher standard. Our collection is filled with antique, estate and contemporary jewelry of the absolute highest quality, crafted by the most skilled and creative artisans in the world, hailing from the most important jewelry houses such as Cartier, Tiffany & Co. and Bulgari. Our goal is to seek out and acquire only the very finest pieces, and our gemstones are among the best in the world including coveted examples from the Burma, Colombia and Lightning Ridge mines.
The distinction between fine jewelry and fashion, or costume, jewelry is an important one when considering purchasing a necklace, ring, bracelet or brooch. For example, when choosing an engagement or wedding ring, one would seldom consider anything but a piece of fine jewelry — not only because that ring crafted of fine metals and set with a quality gemstone will be more beautiful and valuable, but, more importantly, it will last a lifetime. Art Deco jewelry, Edwardian jewelry, and even pieces dating back hundreds of years, are all part of our fine jewelry collection. These treasures are just as beautiful today as the day they were crafted. In fact, our Victorian jewelry collection includes pieces that are over 150 years old, and several ancient pieces in the collection date back thousands of years!
We also offer a wonderful collection of stunning Retro jewelry pieces that are truly works of art. From dramatic gold bracelets and necklaces to designer creations by Raymond Yard, Henry Dunay, Buccellati and Paloma Picasso, this collection is filled with memorable pieces from the 1940s and onward. You’ll find a variety of stones in this collection, including peridot, citrine, amethyst, tourmaline, turquoise, coral and diamonds. You will also find several gemstone phenomena such as color-changing Alexandrites, star sapphires and rubies, neon paraiba tourmalines and fascinating fire opals. South Sea and Tahitian pearls are also part of our fine jewelry for sale.
Fine jewelry is certainly more of an investment than fashion jewelry; thus, it must also be cared for in order to maintain its beauty and longevity. That said, not all fine jewelry can be treated the same. Pearls require a gentle hand when cleaning so as not to harm their lustre. Softer gemstones such as aquamarine, opal and emerald also have specific cleaning requirements so as not to damage them. Generally speaking, if you store, clean and properly care for your fine jewelry, it will bring you many, many years of pleasure. For more information on cleaning your jewelry, read our blog: Cleaning & Caring for Your Gems. You may also find our guide, How to Store Jewelry, helpful and informative.
You can shop jewelry online at msrau.com or better yet, in our newly renovated jewelry gallery in New Orleans. Our knowledgeable staff of GIA-certified jewelry experts is ready to assist you in acquiring the perfect piece of fine jewelry.