A type of gold jewelry
created only in the Black Hills
of South Dakota
. Black Hills Gold pieces are handmade
, usually 10K or 12K gold, and always feature one or more grape
leaves, done in rose gold
or green gold. They are produced by several companies
in the Black Hills
area, under strict licensing
. Black Hills Gold jewelry is also produced featuring the Harley-Davidson
trademark, under license.
The grape-leaf design goes back to the legend of a French prospector who became lost while searching for gold in the Black Hills. Suffering from hunger and thirst, he dreamt of a beautiful stream with grapevines growing beside it. He eventually settled in the area, and created the first jewelry pieces featuring grape leaves as a decoration.
Black Hills Gold jewelry is among the most unique jewelry in the world, and the only American-made jewelry that enjoys substantial sales overseas. It is very popular in Europe.