Black Hills Gold

South Dakota State Jewelry


Gold-quartz nugget from the Black Hills of South Dakota

Gold-quartz nugget (1 cm across) from the Black Hills of South Dakota, USA; photo by James St. John on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

Official State Jewelry of South Dakota

South Dakota designated Black Hills gold as the official state jewelry in 1988. South Dakota also recognizes an official state gemstone (Fairburn agate) and a state mineral stone (rose quartz). All State Gemstones - All State Minerals

Black Hills gold jewelry is created and manufactured exclusively in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Each design incorporates the motif of grapes and leaves in combinations of green, rose, and yellow gold.

The distinctive colors of Black Hills gold jewelry are accomplished through an alloy process (mixing other metals with 24-carat gold). The delicate green color is achieved through the addition of sterling silver, and copper is blended with the gold to produce a subtle pink color.

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Intricate ring; sterling and Black Hills gold.  Photo by Ian Kramar/Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution/no derivative works).

Black Hills gold ring


Making Black Hills Gold Jewelry