Henneman Jewelry Studio is owned by Eric Henneman. When you come into the studio you will be greeted by Eric and his partner Manuel Kamkutis. Below you can read a little about them in their own words here for Eric and here for Manny.
Hello, my name is Eric Henneman. I am a Master Jeweler with over 30 years of experience in the jewelry business.
I have been in the Jewelry business since 1978, but my interest in jewelry started at a much earlier age. When I was 8 years old I received a rock tumbler from Sears and my life was forever changed. The tumbler was a device that allowed me at that early age to polish stones. A year later I received the Rock Rascal for my birthday and through the use of that tool was able to polish stones into predetermined shapes. Then, the same year at Christmas, I received a wax casting machine and was able to create jewelry at home. A jeweler was born!
Making jewelry has been the cornerstone of my life. From my early years of polishing stones to making jewelry today: jewelry has always been my life. I am fortunate to have been able to take my childhood fascination with polishing stones to a career as a jeweler. Creating jewelry gives me a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction every day.
After completing high school, I became an apprentice jeweler at a local jewelry shop in Clearwater where I began to hone my craft. I attended courses in diamond setting and and a variety of jewelry related skills during that period of my career. A few years later I began working as a Master Jeweler at a jewelry store at the local mall. After 6 years at the mall, I moved to another location and continued my career as a Master Jeweler in Clearwater, Florida. Today, I work out of my new studio in Clearwater.
Give me a try
My name is Manuel Kamkutis. I have lived in Florida for over thirty years. I owned an electronics company in the Tampa Bay area for fifteen years. Through my business I met Eric Henneman who is a jeweler in the Clearwater area. We became friends and upon multiple conversations about the jewelry industry I found the industry to be fascinating. As my business started to change I was looking for another avenue to generate income and I started buying and selling gold, silver and other precious metals part time. Now I am buying and selling gold, silver, platinum, diamonds and colored gems full time. I am learning to design fine pieces of jewelry using the industry standard software Matrix. By learning this software I can design jewelry for my family, friends and clients at a reasonable price even though gold has risen over $1600.00 an ounce. I am able to use their metal and gems which in turn saves them thousands of dollars. If you are thinking ‘how do I sell my gold‘, please come see me.