Meet Our Specialists
Meet our Sales Specialist and Certified Appraiser, Brian Schubot
Certifications: Graduate Gemologist GIA, Certified Gemologist AGS, Certified Gemologist Appraiser AGS
Brian grew up in the jewelry business. His grandfather founded Jules R. Schubot Jewellers in Detroit, Michigan in 1917. In 1970, Brian’s father took over the business, where Brian went on to work for 30 years. His family store was an authorized dealer for Rolex, Patek Philippe, Cartier, and many other prestigious brands. Brian sold his first Rolex watch when he was just 16 years old. He has always loved helping clients celebrate the most important occasions in their lives.
Brian attended GIA in residence in 1985 to become a Graduate Gemologist and then continued by becoming one of the first Graduate Gemologist Appraisers as an AGS titleholder.
After Brian’s family made the decision to close their store, he relocated to Palm Beach, Florida. Brian wanted to continue his career with a family owned, AGS member firm that had the integrity and history that he had become accustomed to. Brian joined the Hamilton team in 2016. Over the last 5 years, Brian has helped many clients with special occasions as well as providing certified appraisal services in the Palm Beach Gardens store.
His favorite piece of jewelry is a Star Sapphire ring that was his Grandfather’s. He passed it down to his father who passed it on to him. It is a connection to his family history in the jewelry industry, and very meaningful to him.
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Meet our Watchmaker, J.C. Figlar
Born in Ridgewood, NJ, J.C. Figlar has always had an affinity for working with his hands and anything mechanical. (He bought his first car, a 1970 Mustang, in 1996, when he was 15 years old-and still has it today.)
At the beginning of his career, J.C. took a job at a small engineering company where he ran the workshop and learned how to do everything from machining small parts from detailed drawings to programming, tooling, running, and maintaining large-production milling machines. This natural inclination towards understanding how things functioned soon developed into a passion for watchmaking. He graduated from the Lititz Watch Technicum, in Lititz, PA, where he studied watchmaking under the SAWTA curriculum, and started at Hamilton soon afterwards.
As a Hamilton Jewelers watchmaker for the past seven years, J.C.'s primary role is to service Rolex watches and guide the team through all of the responsibilities of the shop, from changing batteries to the servicing of all types, styles, brands, and ages of fine mechanical watches. He thrills in the process of taking apart what he calls "these tiny marvels of engineering," diagnosing faults, making repairs, and thinking of new solutions to problems using his education as his guide.
While J.C. takes great pleasure in working on the very interesting and complicated timepieces that come across his desk, he finds it particularly gratifying that his expertise means so much to his clients.
"Anytime I get to see the look of joy on a client's face when a repaired watch is delivered is when my work is truly realized. And I'm very thankful for that opportunity."
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Meet our Flagship Store Director, Terri Goldsmith
Terri began her Hamilton career in 1999 as a Customer Service Associate and worked her way through the ranks to achieve the title of Flagship Store Director in 2006.
Ms. Goldsmith has a Bachelors of Science in Business from Rider University and is a Diamond Graduate from the Gemological Institute of America.
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