Sweet’s Jewelers has been around since 1926 and it was the place to go in the 70’s and 80’s to get your ears pierced. What you may not know is they have their very own custom jewelry designer who has an interesting past on the Treasure Coast. Here is his story.

Michael Huff has been in the Jewelry business since 1967 and began his career at Adkins Jewelers. While he was there he did most of the custom work. It was during this time that treasure hunting was getting into full swing. The original treasure hunter was Kip Wagner. He would come by and leave a sack of 8 reals to sell. “Real Eight” was the name of Kip Wagner’s group. However, Mike says the coins did not sell. Mike also mentioned that they gave most of them back because no one would pay even $15.00 for them. In today’s market they go from $250.00-$500.00 for each one.  During that time, Mike was making 20-30 gold frames a week for the same type of coin for the Sunken Treasure in Satellite Beach. They were sold to the tourists. While he was at Adkins Jewelers, he helped design and make the wedding rings for Mel Fisher’s son Dirk and his wife Angel. The couple died tragically when their salvage boat the Northeind capsized and sunk  in the middle of the night.

After working 12 years at Adkin’s Jewelers Mike started his own business in 1979. He worked for other stores like Zales, Gordons, Mortons, Queens Jewelers and Coral Gem. As his business grew he received a reputation for custom work and well made life time pieces. He can carve and cast just about anything imaginable. I asked Mike to make a ring of mine into a pendent. He did a fabulous job and I am wearing it in the picture below of me and him.

In 1991, Mike moved his business into Sweet’s Jewelers and retained his business name, Creative Gold Design MFG. The combined years of business for both is 121 years. That’s a lot of experience. Mike says, “My main goal is to have a stock mainly made by me or American Companies. The materials I most like to use are 22k, 18k, 14k, palladium sterling silver and some platinum”. Thank you Mike fo all your years of service!

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Plythe Freedman holds a MA in Youth Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary. She is a mother of two. Her passion for small businesses and her community has been displayed through her many hours of volunteering and meeting with city officials to assist in promoting Fort Pierce. She is also a former board member of Grace Way Village, a non profit organization that helps clothe and feed disadvantaged children. She is a former member of the Chamber of Commerce and a former Royal Palms member. She served on the RDC advisory board at Suncoast Mental Health Center. And She was appointed by a City Commissioner to serve on the CRA Advisory Committee as the chair. She worked with Frontline For Kids as their public relations specialist and had her own column in the Lincoln Park Main Street Showcase. Plythe's goal is to promote Fort Pierce as a destination for families to visit, live, work and play.

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