Howard Beardsley grew up in Florida, surrounded by his grandmother and her dazzling friends. This is where he was first exposed to jewelry, and where he learned the difference in stone quality and design. “Even though I was very young at the time, that experience really cemented in my mind that I wanted to pursue a career in the jewelry business,” he says.
Beardsley is currently the Director of CIRCA Palm Beach, and has 25 years of experience having worked for a number of the most prominent and established retailers in the business, including Tourneau, Hamilton Jewelers and Mayors Jewelers. He is a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America and the American Gem Society. He completed the American Society of Appraisers Master Gemologist Course, and he is a specialist in luxury timepieces such as Patek Philippe and Breitling.
Beardsley is as eager to discover hidden treasure today as he was as a child. “There’s nothing better than finding an unexpected treasure in a collection of everyday jewelry,” he says with a smile. “And then when we buy something and we see what a positive difference it makes in a client’s life, we know we’ve done something wonderful.” Beardsley says he loves to hear what his clients plan to do with their newfound resources.
“A young woman made an appointment with me to meet her at her bank vault, because she had inherited a large amount of jewelry and she wasn’t sure how much was real and how much was costume,” he explains. “She was trying to raise money to finish her Master’s Degree. After several hours, I determined that almost all of it was genuine and she not only had enough for tuition but for her living expenses as well. Now that’s a good day.”