Our Story

                                      "Above all else, we maintain a fun and friendly atmosphere for everyone to enjoy."

Mines & Finds Jewelry, Etc. is certainly "Not your typical Jewelry Store!" 

In addition to a diverse collection of jewelry, our shop also features rare antiques and collectibles, genuine gemstones and minerals, and an art gallery with works from local artists.

Don't just stop by to shop though! We invite you to get involved in our fun workshops with creative crafts and projects. Visit the "Workshops" page to check out our classes for mosaic stained glass bird houses and basket weaving, various jewelry making and wire wrapping  workshops available.  Be sure to keep an eye out for more classes soon to come.

Whether you're buying a gift, compiling a collection, or looking to craft a piece of custom jewelry, you'll find what you need at Mines & Finds Jewelry, Etc. located on the west side of Evansville.  We have something exciting for people of every age and background, and above all else, we maintain a fun and friendly atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.


Karen and her husband, Jerry, of over 42 years seem to be entrepreneurs at heart.  They owned Tri-State Sheet Metal in Henderson, KY for about 25 years, but after a tragic auto accident and dealing with breast cancer, they finally closed that business.  With the help and encouragement of friends, Karen found a creative side and began a new venture of sewing and making jewelry.  The ability to appreciate gems, minerals, and seeing the beauty of it all, she decided to open a retail store in November of 2013 calling it Mines & Finds Jewelry, Etc. at 619 N. Main St. located on the west side of Evansville, Indiana.  

Hoping to start something new in this neighborhood, she now offers several fun workshops in the arts including sharing the work of many local artists.  Please check out the opportunities and share your suggestions and interests. Please visit us both online and in store, as we have so much to offer that is not always shown on our website.


***Now I begin another new chapter in my life.  I have recently moved my retail store and studio back to our home since I ended up having open heart surgery in May most likely due to the medication I was taking to block hormones for the breast cancer I previously had.  Go figure!  Anyway, I think I am doing ok and am in the process of arranging all that I have in a smaller space.  Not an easy task!  So, I am still able to offer the same gems, minerals, jewelry, etc. that I did before, but in a cozier setting.  Please call me at (812) 453-8487 to arrange for a showing.  Bring your family and friends for a fun experience.  Thank you so much for telling others.  You will not see the types of items I have in any other store...I promise!


Vicky Thene

Vicky has found a home in an atmosphere that she is naturally gifted at.  The love and appreciation she has for the beauty and workmanship of the jewelry in Mines & Finds Jewelry, Etc. is evident by the way she gives such wonderful customer service to each who visit our lovely store.