MIAMI BEACH – You can escape the deep freeze of winter for the ocean breeze of Miami Beach, all while taking in nearly 700 domestic and international vendors of antiques, art, furniture, home décor, vintage fashion, jewelry, watches, silver and other collectibles at the 2020 Original Miami Beach Antique Show (OMBAS) Jan. 4-8.
With brands such as Cartier, Chanel, Rolex, Hermes, David Webb, Van Clef & Arpels, Georg Jensen and many more, the show at the Miami Beach Convention Center is a veritable treasure hunt of one-of-a-kind finds.
To avoid conflict with the Super Bowl in early February, OMBAS has moved to early January, a move organizers are calling temporary. Even so, show organizers think the timing is perfect for visitors in town for New Year’s festivities.
“We are so excited for our 2020 event,” said Katrina Canady, Show Manager for U.S. Antique Shows. “We know that many of our loyal visitors travel from across the globe to attend our Miami Beach event, and we’re confident we’ll be seeing many familiar faces, as well as introducing our show to visitors in town celebrating the holidays.”
OMBAS is also offering several complimentary programs designed to enhance the visitor experiences. Four guided tours will take place throughout the show floor. Jewelry historian and author, Beth Bernstein, will lead tours covering jewelry from Georgian to Retro Eras, while “Antiques Diva,” Toma Clark Haines, will lead tours covering furniture, art and collectibles.
The annual Appraisal Day, sponsored by Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers, provides visitors with a verbal valuation of one of their items. For the first time, OMBAS will also host several “pop up” educational sessions on the show floor. Led by Skinner experts, these brief, dynamic sessions will cover fine art, ceramics, studio furniture and silver.
In addition to the antiques show, the Jewelry History Series and its two days of programming takes place Jan. 3-4 at the Convention Center.
The series features venerable jewelry experts and historians presenting on a variety of topics, such as “How to Understand Jewelry Like a Historian,”“The Jewelry and Art of Frida Kahlo” and “What’s Hot, What’s Not.”
The Jewelry History Series is organized by Elyse Zorn Karlin and Gail Brett Levine, both highly regarded within the antique jewelry community.
“Each year, we plan our content based on trends that are generating the greatest amount of excitement and interest within the market, as well as on feedback that we receive from past years’ attendees,” Zorn Karlin said. “One of the most gratifying components of organizing the Jewelry History Series each year is seeing the friendships that form among the attendees during our event, and how those relationships continue to thrive throughout the years.”
“We are always so excited to partner with the organizers of the Jewelry History Series in offering this incredible content to our attendees,” show manager Canady, said. “Elyse and Gail, and each of the speakers that they line up, continue to elevate the experience for this series, which is why we see the same loyal attendees who come from near and far each year to attend this event.”
For more information: www.originalmiamibeachantiqueshow.com.