Who We Are

The History of Brent L. Miller 

 

                                                   

   1956

Jeanne Miller, Brent's mother, was the origin of the Miller's passion for gemology, watches, jewelry, and antiques.  Jeanne, who lived in Arlington VA, was a Gemologist and Fellow of the Gemological Association of Great Britain.  

Jeanne Founded “Miller Antiques” in 1956; a female owned and operated company. Miller Antiques was  fueled by Jeanne’s  passion for gemology, jewelry, watches and antiques.

1961   

Jeanne and her son Brent are shown in the Northern Virginia SUN featuring the Miller's collection of over 300 clocks.  Brent is 10 years old.

 

                                               

 

       

   1968  

Brent begins helping his mother, Jeanne, at her antique shows. 

   1974   

Brent moves to Lancaster, PA to begin his education at Bowman Technical School where he graduates from their watchmaking and jewelry making programs.

                                             
           

   1976   

Brent works for Kay Jewelers (Park City Mall) at his jewelers bench in the window.  Brent meets Jo one day when she walks by and "accidentally" taps on the glass while flipping her hair. 

 1980   

Brent and Jo open Brent L. Miller Jewelers & Goldsmiths on North Queen Street in beautiful Downtown Lancaster.

 

                                             
                             

   1985

Jo and Brent expand the store from their small 600 feet space to the entire first floor of 219 N. Queen Street.

 

 

 

 

   1996   

Jo Miller at the store in Downtown Lancaster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                             

  

         

   2004   

Jo moves from North Queen Street to Chelsea Square shopping center in Lancaster.

 2006   

Brent passes away.

 

 

 

Ryan, Jo and Brent's middle son, joins the business. Coincidentally, Jo and Ryan continue the mother son team tradition started by Jeanne and Brent 38 years earlier. 

                                                     
                                             

   2009

After 3 years at Brent L. Miller in Lancaster, Ryan ventures to New York City to learn from what he believed was the best in the industry, Tiffany & Company's flagship store on 5th Avenue and 57th street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   2011   

Brent L. Miller enters the fine Swiss watch business, and begins carrying Breitling and Omega watches. 

Ryan returns from New York.

 

 

 

 

 

                             
                                                               

   2013

In Brent's memory, Millers donates six clocks to Amtrak's Lancaster Station as part of the train station renovation. 

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2014   

Brent L. Miller moves to 1610 Manheim Pike. The state of the art store is designed to give a unique customer experience.

Along with the new showroom, Brent L. Miller expands their jewelers workshop to continue Brent's tradition of doing repair work and making jewelry in house.  
                                                                     
                                             

   2016

Brent L. Miller installs a new state of the art, satellite connected clock movement inside the tower clock at Lancaster Station.

 

2020   

Brent L. Miller partners with the Strasburg Railroad and installs a clock at the historic railroad.

 

Brent L. Miller holds COVID-19 online auction and raises over $27,000 for three local COVID-19 relief efforts.