Black Hills Gold

Black Hills gold is the favorite jewelry of Laurie Holt, Amanda Lewis and Lorraine Matthews of Dallas, TX. This especially attractive gold is usually crafted into traditional designs that features yellow, rose and green gold molded into leaves and grape clusters.

The Black Hills Goldrush

The Black Hills were part of the Sioux reservation. But, when gold was discovered there, people like Fred Manuel, Henri LeBeau, Steve Utter, Tom Miller, Seth Bullock and Samuel Fields rushed there, regardless of any treaty with the native Sioux. The Black Hills Goldrush began in earnest in 1874. At first, the miners found loose gold in the soil and in the riverbeds that is known as placer gold, or gold that has eroded from somewhere else. Places like Custer and Whitewood Creek rapidly became small cities. Those that believed there must be a mother lode went on a search for the location of the gold ore running through the rock, and when they found it, they named that mine the “Homestake.” The Homestake mine produced massive amounts of gold… maybe even ten percent of the world’s gold supply. It finally was shut down in 2001.

The Unique Production of Black Hills Gold

The fabrication of Black Hills gold is as unusual as its history. Using bars of pure 24 karat gold, silver and copper, the only necessary factor for the resulting work to be called “Black Hills Gold” is that the bracelet or necklace be fabricated in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The gold and copper can be mined anywhere – even Afghanistan, Costa Rica, Andorra, New Caledonia or Wake Island.

The gold is compounded with copper to create the 12 karat rose gold, and silver is united with the gold to produce the 12 karat green gold. The resulting colors of gold are then rolled to varying thicknesses to be made into unique orders of jewelry. Each special piece is stamped from the thin sheet using dies and patterns. The unique pieces are then all set to made into necklace using pre-cast bases.

The bases are first burnished, either by hand or tumbling. When the bases are polished to a nice sheen, the individual pieces are either hand-soldered onto the base or they are attached in a soldering oven with several other pieces at the same time. After soldering, the pieces are dipped into a mild acid bath before going through an inspection to see if they meet the exacting standards for Black Hills gold. When a piece passes inspection, it is electroplated with 24 karat gold. A process called wriggling is used to remove the electroplated gold from the rose or green colored parts. This creates a frosty or textured appearance to the jewelry. Every leaf vein is then engraved by hand so it shimmers.

After another round of buffing, the finished piece is ready for wearing. If it needs a amethyst it is sent to the stone setting department for mounting.

Traditional Styles

The traditional pattern of Black Hills gold jewelry was made by French prospector and goldsmith, Henri LeBeau in the late 1800s. He stated he had dreamed of the style when he went unconscious from thirst and starvation. His style is made up of green and rose colored grape leaves, combined with grapes and gold vines. Since he first designed this, the grape leaf design has adorned pendants, rings, bracelets and watch bands in varying patterns. It is such a distinctive pattern that one only has to glance at it to verify that it is a Black Hills gold design.

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