The Gold Mine

Established in the spring of 1986, the Gold Mine has been the Straits of Mackinac area's 'go-to' store when looking for fine quality jewelry at reasonable prices. Yvonne Della-Moretta, a Graduate Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), is the store's creator, designer and driving force. She and her husband Tom have become well-known for going the 'extra mile' for folks looking for unique jewelry not found everywhere.

Featuring the famous Mackinac Bridge designs and hand-made Michigan stone jewelry, the Gold Mine carries Fairy Tale Bridal designs, a nationally marketed designer bridal line of which Yvonne is the original designer.

With in-house jewelry repair, art glass, and Northern Michigan's largest selection of genuine Polish Pottery, make the Gold Mine your first thought for all your jewelry needs, as so many have for 30 years.


  • Custom design and remounting
  • In House Jeweler/Graduate Gemologist
  • State of the art laser welder
  • Appraisals
  • Eye Glass Repair
  • Watch repairs/batteries
  • Sterling Silver/costume jewelry repair

The Jewelry

We support the Clean Diamond Act and do not sell conflict or black market diamonds sourced from war torn countries.

As committed to their customers today as they were thirty years ago, the team at, the family-owned & operated Gold Mine Jewelry, promise only superior service . To further ensure nothing but the utmost satisfaction, Gold Mine Jewelry offers a number of complimentary services to their customers. Services such as 15-day return and 30-day exchange policies, a lifetime diamond upgrade program, generous layaway program as well as a free lifetime service plan through Preferred Jewelers International on all  diamond jewelry that includes, onsite cleaning, resizing, polishing, and repairs on the life of any piece purchased from Gold Mine Jewelry.

The Artist

Yvonne - Proprietor/Designer Bench Jeweler and Graduate Gemologist

Yvonne - Proprietor/Designer
Bench Jeweler and Graduate Gemologist

Yvonne Della-Moretta was raised on Mackinac Island and now lives in St. Ignace, Michigan. She is a self-taught artist and enjoys all varieties of artwork, from painting in palette knife, acrylic to water colors and oils. She also enjoys wood burning, carving, and her first love, jewelry making. Globally, she assists with teaching classes in St. Lucia- helping rural communities through livelihood programs and skills training.

Her original designs can be found at the Gold Mine Jewelry store in St. Ignace, as well as other gift and gallery locations. She is the primary bench jeweler at the Gold Mine and is a trained Graduate Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). 

The Face Out Front

Tom - Proprietor/Storyteller

Tom - Proprietor/Storyteller

Tom Della-Moretta is the lucky man behind the woman. While Yvonne does the magic, Tom is the guy who will most likely keep you entertained- and hopefully sell you something. (Pushing a quarter-century, we're still trying to figure out what Tom does... but he sure is funny.)

The Bench Jeweler

Dar - Bench Jeweler

Dar - Bench Jeweler

Darwin Hughey, Yvonne's older brother, is the newest member of our team. After 40 years as a chef, Dar has begun a second career in jewelry fabrication and repair. He has a bench jeweler's degree from NASJ.