10K Large Black Hills Gold Leaf Vine & Grape Cluster Pin BHG
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This large Black Hills Gold pin is ornately crafted in 10 karat yellow, rose & green gold. Pin depicts clusters of grapes, swirling vines and a shimmering diamond cut Rose & Green gold leaf. Measures approximately 1 3/4 inches across. Stamped "BLACK HILLS GOLD, J. CO. 10K".
*Black Hills Gold is a type of jewelry mined & manufactured in the Black Hills of South Dakota, distinctly known for it's grape clusters, leaves & vines design in distinctive colors in yellow, Pink & Green Gold. These colors are created when the goldsmith mixes various metals with pure gold. In order to be classified as "Black Hills gold," a piece of jewelry must be manufactured in South Dakota's Black Hills. In 1980, the 8th Circuit affirmed an injunction ruling that if a manufacturer was to call its jewelry Black Hills Gold, then it must be made in the Black Hills. The state of South Dakota designated Black Hills gold as the official state jewelry in 1988. Each piece of Black Hills Gold Jewelry is manufactured through a series of up to 40 different steps. Each tiny leaf or swirl is made with infinite care.
Green is created by combining yellow gold and silver.
Pink is created when yellow gold is combined with copper.
Yellow is simply yellow gold.
**Because of some business & mine closures in the Black Hills, much mixed colored gold is being out-sourced and is not authentic Black Hills Gold!