Black Hills Gold History

Over a span of 14 years, 360 gold miners - turned craftsmen carved a rough granite Monument. Today in dozens of intricate steps, their descendants our craftspeople, carry on this tradition of quality and excellence with every piece of Mt. Rushmore Black Hills Gold - South Dakota's official state jewelry.

What makes this Jewelry so unique is the yellow gold grapes with leaf designs in shades of pink and green gold. The colors are actually achieved by alloying gold and silver to produce green and alloying copper with gold to produce pink. The frosty appearance is achieved by wriggling, or engraving, the leaves.

The gold and silver, which was used to make the first Black Hills Gold Jewelry, had been mined at the Homestake Mine in Lead, South Dakota, at the time it was the largest gold mine in the Western Hemisphere. Henri LeBeau, a prospector from France, did not discover this gold; however, he did create the legendary jewelry with the leaves and grapes which he sold to other miners and prospectors.

One hundred twenty years have passed since that first piece was made and some people still say that wearing the jewelry brings them "good luck!"


Gold Content
  • All Wedding Sets are 14K except #G408 which is 10K.
  • Stone Sizes and diamond weights are apporximate.
  • Gold Earrings shown are for pierced ears and have 14K posts and nuts.
  • All cast "G" series pieces are 10K gold (unless otherwise noted).
  • All cast "MR" series pieces are Sterling Silver (unless otherwise noted).
  • Colored leaves are 12K
  • Pendant Chains are "18" and are 14K gold-filled or Sterling Silver. (10K available upon request)
  • Sterling Silver chains have a rhodium finish.
  • Pendant Chains are complimentary and included at no extra charge.
  • All Gold-and-Silver Jewelry (MR series) is coated with our Perma-Brite finish.