The Quill

Are you curious about the world of antiques and want to know more?

U.S. Antique Shows introduces The Quill.

This blog dives deeper into antique and jewelry topics that both collectors and enthusiasts will enjoy. Plus, check out insight from some of our favorite dealers from across the globe.

An Antiques Expert’s Story: Michelle Lamunière

Posted on 11/18/2014 by Mary Curtis in Antiques; Skinner Photography;

For the second time this year, the Pier Antique Show is once again hosting Appraisal Day on Sunday, November 23 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. All attendees, with a valid ticket to the show, are invited to bring one item to be appraised for free by one of three expert appraisers from Skinner, Inc.

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All About Antique Maker’s Marks

Posted on 11/3/2014 by Mary Curtis in Antiques; Maker's Mark

Whether you’re a collector of porcelain, antique jewelry, antique furniture, or American and European metalware, a maker’s mark is vital in understanding the history and value of your piece(s).

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The Jewelry History Series Returns for a Second Year

Posted on 10/16/2014 by Mary Curtis in The Original Miami Beach Antique Show; Antique Jewelry; Jewelry History Series;

U.S. Antique Shows recently announced that they will host the Jewelry History Series prior to the start of The Original Miami Beach Antique Show on January 30. The jewelry event, now in its second year, will take place on January 28-29 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

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The History of Bracelets Around the World

Posted on 9/25/2014 by Mary Curtis in Jewelry Jewelry Trends;

Bracelets have long been adorn to draw the eye to the beauty of the wrist and hands. Women (and even men) throughout the ages have worn bracelets as decorative accessories from Cleopatra to Queen Elizabeth, Marilyn Monroe to First Lady Michelle Obama. The look of a bracelet is effortless and can easily dress up any outfit.

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7 Things You Should Know About Jewelry Designer David Webb

Posted on 9/2/2014 by Mary Curtis

There are many jewelers throughout history who have made impressions on the jewelry industry. Harry Winston, Alfred Van Cleef, Salomen Arpels, and Louis-Ulysse Chopard are just a few that come to mind. Today, however, we would like to discuss the man referred to as “America’s Quintessential Jeweler” – David Webb. This creative visionary’s incredibly rich and diverse statement pieces have been highly sought after by everyone from celebrities to jewelry enthusiasts, and long after his passing, his legacy continues to make an impact on the jewelry and fashion worlds.

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My Life with James Dean: A Collector’s Story

Posted on 8/14/2014 by Mary Curtis

At the young age of 14, I started my collection of James Dean memorabilia by accident. A friend of mine received a James Dean biography for her birthday when she was hoping for one about Humphrey Bogart. I had no idea who either actor was at the time. As I thumbed through the book, my friend told me to take it if I wanted it. I read the book in two days and I have been fascinated with James Dean ever since.

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Seven Tips for the Novice Vintage Clothing Shopper

Posted on 7/28/2014 by Mary Curtis in Vintage; Clothing;

Vintage clothing is timeless and provides us with a peak into the past. The term vintage is used to describe pieces between 20 and 100 years old. An incredible piece of vintage clothing can be a staple in your wardrobe for years to come. Plus, any girl’s closet could use a few vintage goodies.

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Tips for Buying Antique Jewelry: Where to Start?

Posted on 6/27/2014 by Mary Curtis in Antique Jewelry; Consumer Tips

When you’re looking to purchase a new piece of jewelry to add to your collection, you should consider antique, estate or vintage jewelry. These pieces are made in a distinct manor and style that will allow you to stand out from the crowd versus a typical contemporary piece worn by everyone. Also, antique, estate and vintage jewelry holds their intrinsic value, meaning they’re something you can pass down through the family tree and treasure for generations. From Georgian to Retro, there are several eras of jewelry to explore.

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2014 Summer Jewelry Trends

Posted on 5/19/2014 by Mary Curtis in Jewelry Summer Trends

With the weather heating up and summer quickly approaching, it’s the perfect time to explore the season’s hottest jewelry trends. From the runway to the red carpet, here are looks that are making waves in the fashion world and are ideal to pair with any warm weather wardrobe.

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Experts Insight on Tribal Arts

Posted on 4/29/2014 by Mary Curtis in Antiques; Tribal art

To continue with our Tribal Art blog series, part two will feature interviews with Lee Chinalai of Chinalai Tribal Antiques and Kip McKesson of Kip McKesson African Art.

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