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.

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 our 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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Defining Tribal Art: An Expression of Three Primitive Cultures

Posted on 4/7/2014 by Mary Curtis in Antiques; Tribal art

As U.S. Antique Shows continues to expand its portfolio of antique and antique jewelry shows, we’ve noticed an increased interest from dealers, collectors and antique enthusiasts in tribal art.

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Straight from the Red Carpet: Oscar Jewelry 2014

Posted on 3/7/2014 by Mary Curtis in Jewelry; Jewelry Spring Trends; Oscars

Award season is always an exciting way to jumpstart a new year! Not only does it provide a platform to showcase the best movies of the last year, but it also sets the fashion trends in place for remainder of the year. The Oscars red carpet is definitely one of the most-watched fashion moments and we all remain glued to our televisions watching a-list stars in their gorgeous gown and stellar jewels.

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Mourning Jewelry: A Way to Honor a Loved One

Posted on 2/18/2014 by Mary Curtis in Antique Jewelry; Mourning

Mourning, in the plainest terms, is grief over the death of someone. In our history, it has been customary that jewels and keepsakes be made for the loss of a loved one or someone close to the deceased, as a reminder to the living of the inevitability of death as well as a status symbol, especially during the Victorian era. These pieces are commonly referred to as mourning jewelry.

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