Is Summer here Yet

BlackHills2015 is off to a beautiful start here in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Our average temperatures in January and February were around 38 degrees. Last month there were motorcycles out in droves as the thermometer crept upwards of 70! While our skiers are less than thrilled, the community at large seems to be happily embracing the early spring; hiking and biking trails are packed, even the sand volley ball courts are drawing crowds.

A time of year that is generally rather grey, in all senses of the term, is suddenly full of sunshine and while there aren’t buds on the trees or flowers yet, there also aren’t dirty piles of snow in the corners of the parking lots. That alone is reason to celebrate!

In the spirit of our unexpected Spring, visit our website and check out the beautiful gemstones in an array of spring-y colors, set in stunning Black Hills gold or sterling silver. Treat yourself to a Black Hills Gold hummingbird, butterfly, or dragonfly to wear around your neck. Or, if you are a lover of the winter, summon the snow with a pair of stunning sterling silver snowflake earrings!

No matter the season, there is something for everyone at Black Hills Gold Jewelry by Coleman.

By Jaci Kennison, JLance Freelance, Rapid City, SD

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Cupid Strikes Again

CC-Jan-2015-LWhere he comes from, no one knows for sure… the bare-bottomed cherub of desire. Effortlessly fluttering from one pair of lovers to another on his delicate little wings, love’s favorite angel is the preeminent matchmaker. Armed with his little heart shaped arrows and drawstring bow, Cupid rules all things love, striking passion deep into the hearts of the hapless humans in his sights, rendering them madly, and helplessly, in love. While the wounds inflicted by his magical armament may not be visible to the naked eye, every target knows when they’ve been struck; a quickened heart, sweating palms, and an inexplicable need to make a fool of oneself in front of the object of their desire – usually beginning with an awkward and breathless introduction. Almost instantly there is magic in the eyes of both lovers, and all else ceases to exist, the world swirling around two people captured for an eternal moment in the other’s gaze.

Or, at least that’s how it happens in the fairytales. For everyone who’s ever been in love, though, the experience is not that far from the truth. Suddenly there is little we wouldn’t do for the one we love, and everything we want to do, we want to do with them at our side. Fairytale or not, on Valentine’s Day, Cupid’s heart shaped arrows remind each of us to show those most dear to our hearts that we love them – beyond measure, beyond reason; madly and helplessly.

This year, give the person you will make yourself a fool for, a gift that will be loved forever – a specially crafted piece of Coleman Black Hills Gold Jewelry. Give them a reminder, with every glance at its sparkle and shine, that you are grateful for the marksmanship of the icon of love… that you are thrilled to be in love. With them.

By Jaci Kennison, JLance Freelance, Rapid City, SD

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It’s a Magical Christmas

CC-Dec-2014-LThe holiday season is upon us again, and all over our beautiful little world, children are anticipating the arrival of Old Saint Nick, parents are scrambling to make it to Christmas Concerts, and holiday party goers are making the season merry and bright.

There’s such magic in this particular holiday season, above even, that carried by the greatest elf of all – Chris Kringle – and all he represents. There’s a magic in the warming of our hearts, in the twinkling lights in homes all over the world, in the deep desire to give to others. Even mother nature herself holds a special kind of magic this time of year.

There are few things quite as awe inspiring as the sight of an undisturbed blanket of new fallen snow, the silence of a forest covered in frosty white, or the vision of thousands of delicate flakes drifting toward the ground. There’s something special about the face of a child turned up toward the sky hoping to taste winter itself in the delicate lace of frost that dissolves on their tongue. There is something magical about winter itself, about an earth gone quiet this time of year and the chance for each of us to do the same, starting our mark of time over again with a new year, new hope, and new opportunity.

This holiday, Black Hills Gold Jewelry by Coleman has a beautiful way to share a little of winter’s magic with those you love. Our Snowflake collection is, as always, handcrafted of heirloom quality genuine Black Hills Gold and silver.  Our collection is featured in our December Coleman Crier. This year, carry the holiday season with you – and all the joyful hope of a new year – with a token of winter magic; the snowflake.

By Jaci Kennison, JLance Freelance, Rapid City, SD

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Honor a Veteran Close to Your Heart

CC-Nov-2014-LIt takes a special kind of person to give up certain freedoms so that others may keep theirs… to give up time with their families, so that others may have more. It takes a special kind of person to give up everything – in some cases even their lives – so that others may have a better one.

The words “Thank you” could never be enough to truly tell our veterans how grateful we are for our freedoms, and for the sacrifices they make so our lives can be so beautiful.

This year, honor a vet close to your heart with a high quality, handcrafted gift of gratitude from Black Hills Gold Jewelry by Coleman. From pendants and tack pins, to rings, watches and other accessories, we have a wide array of gifts featuring the symbol of our nation’s strength and freedom – the Eagle – to make this year’s honor one the men and women who have worn our uniform won’t forget. Delicately crafted of genuine karat gold or sterling silver, or set on a stunning background of rich black onyx, these mighty birds embody the rugged and beautiful spirit of our nation and it’s service members.

During the month of remembering our veterans, consider a gift that will remind the service member in your life that you think of them and their sacrifice often, and that you could not be more grateful for what they have done for you, and for all of us.

By Jaci Kennison, JLance Freelance, Rapid City, SD

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Trick or Treat or Black Hills Gold Jewelry by Coleman

CC-Oct-2014-LYou remember it don’t you? The song? Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat! There was another verse, in my memory at least, but since it references underwear, I’ll spare you the words. I never liked the song much, maybe – because my feet smelled – but I sure did like Trick-or-treating and getting all dressed up. I remember being really sad, and maybe a little insulted, when I was considered ‘too old’ for the tradition.

Then along came the high school version of Halloween, the college version of Halloween, and most recently – the adult version of Halloween. All of which have left the little-kid version appropriately, and happily, relegated to the depths of my memory.

It’s easy to see why Halloween is listed among the favorite holidays of many. It’s perfectly appropriate – if not necessary – to dress up in some crazy costume, do silly things for silly reasons, and there’s no pressure to buy gifts! The only downside to those “more-age-appropriate” (read: older) versions of Halloween is that there are no treats. At least none that are harmless. These days it seems all Halloween goodies either stick to your hips or leave you with a terrible headache.

At Black Hills Gold Jewelry by Coleman, however, there are a plethora of treats for the little trick-or-treater in all of us. While we don’t produce pumpkins, candy, or chocolate, we do make goodies for every occasion, no matter the season. Maybe it’s a special, first piece of jewelry for your little goblin, or a birthday gift… maybe it’s a birthstone piece for Mom or a series of pieces to commemorate the special milestones in our lives like baptism or communion, confirmation or marriage… maybe it’s a piece to mark a special holiday like Valentines Day, your Anniversary, or Christmas…. Whatever the reason, Black Hills Gold Jewelry by Coleman has the gift – for yourself or a loved one – to make it special.

By Jaci Kennison, JLance Freelance, Rapid City, SD

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WE PROUDLY STAND BEHIND OUR PRODUCTS

CustomerServiceFor as long as Black Hills Gold Jewelry by Coleman has been in business, we have made Customer Service our top priority. Even when a lot of companies were abandoning their service departments, we stood steadfast in our belief that our customers deserved impeccable service that reflected the quality of our jewelry. We proudly stand behind our products, and our team, as we always have throughout our many years in business.

We are proud of the dedicated, hard working people who make up our customer service team, each of them bringing no less than 17 years of experience with Black Hills Gold Jewelry by Coleman to every customer need. They are truly advocates for each and every person who purchases our product, doing everything possible to satisfy any need.

When you purchase an heirloom quality piece of jewelry from Black Hills Gold Jewelry by Coleman, you are also purchasing a promise – that our incredible team of Customer Service Professionals will be there to help you with anything you may need throughout your sale and long afterward.

October 6 – 10, 2014 is Customer Service Week, and we here at Black Hills Gold Jewelry by Coleman want to take a moment to say thanks to the devoted, talented people who make up our team. Thank you for making Black Hills Gold Jewelry by Coleman a trusted producer, for carrying out our promise to our customers each and every day, and for providing the kind of quality service that makes us stand above the rest.

By Jaci Kennison, JLance Freelance, Rapid City, SD

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Honoring our Military is a Priority

Field of Flags

Sturgis Buffalo Chip Field of Flags

You’ve given so much to our country… it’s time to get something for yourself.

Over two hundred years ago a relatively new invention was revolutionizing transportation across the US and around the world – the motorcycle. In the fifteen or so years that followed, many of the countries and continents of the world became entrenched in battle, launching the first World War, and when troops made their journeys into battle, motorcycles went right along with them. By the end of World War I, it is estimated that the army used some 20,000 motorcycles in the fight for freedom.

Since then, vets on bikes have been a fixture of motorcycle events all across the country – and one of the world’s greatest rallies is no exception. Each year, hundreds of thousands take to the streets of Sturgis, South Dakota, many bearing patches, badges, and scars of honor, of sacrifice, and of service. All branches of the military are represented and recognized in a wide variety of celebrations, none maybe as quite as powerful as the Freedom Celebration held at the Buffalo Chip.

The sight will stir the soul… Eight hundred United States flags stand waving in the prairie winds on the edges of the Black Hills at the 580 acre Buffalo Chip Campground. Above them, the Battlefield Cross Memorial; a military grade gun standing with boots at it’s base and a helmet dangling from it’s barrel, atop a large piece of granite engraved with the symbol for each of the military branches. They stand for those that are serving and those that have fallen – all those that have fought for our freedom.

The Buffalo Chip Campground has made honoring our military a priority for years, and this year, Black Hills Gold Jewelry by Coleman has added a whole line of stunning designs featuring the unmistakable insignia of the Legendary Buffalo Chip campground. Handcrafted by local artisans, each carefully detailed piece captures the memory of the Field of Flags and Battlefield cross memorial spread out across the plains under the steel buffalo silhouette. All branches of the military can shop the wide array of heirloom quality jewelry pieces available at aafes.com, and pass their own legacy on to their friends or family.

By Jaci Kennison, JLance Freelance, Rapid City, SD

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The Legend Lives On – Rally On!

BuffaloChipBack in the late 1800s, a young American by the name of Sylvester Howard Roper designed a steam-powered motorized bicycle and revolutionized the concept of transportation. Soon a combustion version was born and across the globe design modifications and improvements culminated in the early 1900s with a rugged and efficient form of transportation – and a legend was born.

The motorcycle of the early 1900s was tough, and fast, and for the next three decades it was sold to police departments and private citizens, businesses and the U.S. Military. Production raced to keep up with demand. Dealerships sprang up all over the country and in August of 1938 the first Black Hills Classic was held in Sturgis, South Dakota with a small audience for 9 racers. Two years later, another legend was born – the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

The Classic grew into a three day event that eventually stretched to five days, and then seven. Motorcycle riders and enthusiasts numbered into the hundreds, and then the thousands. By the early 1980’s the party had evolved into a full-on, city-wide, week-long festival and acres of what equated to wide open prairie just outside of Sturgis became home to resilient bikers roughing it in tents for seven days of stunts, racing, and parties. Rod Woodruff, founder and CEO, immediately saw the need, and ushered in the dawn of yet another legend… the Sturgis Buffalo Chip Campground.

Through the years, Rod and his staff have turned a legend into a tradition, one that reverberates through a motorcycling community that spans the globe. For one week each year, millions take to the streets on motorcycles, hundreds of thousands gather for the Sturgis Rally, and tens of thousands make the Buffalo Chip their home, experiencing something that can never fully be explained, living – for a couple of weeks at least – a truly legendary experience.

This year, that experience can be commemorated. Black Hills Gold Jewelry by Coleman has just completed a full collection of Sturgis Buffalo Chip Jewelry, handcrafted with the highest quality materials by local artisans.

Each piece is meticulously finished with the mark of the legendary Buffalo Chip. Earrings, necklaces, rings, bracelets, pins, watches and key chains all encompassing the memory of an experience like nothing you have ever seen before, or will ever see again, and preserving it for a lifetime. Leave your mark, and wear your legend. Stop by our Vendor Store in the CrossRoads while you’re visiting the legendary Buffalo Chip.

By Jaci Kennison, JLance Freelance, Rapid City, SD

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Treasure the Memories!

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The Black Hills of South Dakota has long been treasured as a premier vacation destination in the United States, and even throughout the world. Hillsides so densely forested as to appear black from a distance, dotted with lakes, and criss-crossed by mountain streams running quick and clear, through lush, wide open plains and out into the beautiful Badlands… it’s no wonder people from all over the world travel thousands of miles to find adventure – and rest – in the Black Hills.

But that’s not the only treasure here. In the early 1800s, gold was rumored to be in abundance in the Black Hills of South Dakota and in the mid 1870s, mining was widespread. In April of 1876 a gold outcropping near Lead, South Dakota was discovered. Named the Homestake Gold Mine, it would produce about 10% of the world’s gold for the next 125 years.

To this day, Federal mandate requires that Black Hills Gold is manufactured right here in the Hills, and Black Hills Gold Jewelry by Coleman is proudly upholding the tradition of quality and excellence born over a century ago, handcrafting stunning heirloom-quality pieces that – in many families – will be passed on for generations.

What better memento for a trip to the Black Hills than a stunning piece of jewelry handcrafted right here, in the place where gold built many of the cities and towns that you still enjoy today. A bracelet, pendant, or watch is the perfect way to immortalize the treasured memories of a trip you’ll never forget. And once you’ve started your Black Hills Gold Jewelry collection, you can add to it year after year with rings, brooches, anklets, earrings… a piece for any occasion, from anywhere in the world; Black Hills Gold Jewelry by Coleman offers their exclusive Black Hills Gold Collection online, and through retailers across the country.

Make this your best summer ever, and treasure the memories every day, with a piece of jewelry from Black Hills Gold Jewelry by Coleman.

By Jaclyn Kennison, JLance Freelance and Events

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It’s Time to Honor Dad

CC-May-2014-LParents are special – inherently – because of what they’ve given us, and what they’ve given up for us – but Dads often hold a special place in our hearts and in our lives. Mothers are developed over months and months of pregnancy, already caring for us even before we’re born, but Dads are made in a single life-changing moment. They are there, cheering Mom along, and then, in an instant, they are handed a baby – their child – and look into the face of a little person that will be dependent upon them in varying degrees for the rest of their lives. Suddenly, they’re a dad. And they spend the rest of their lives giving to us.

They give us their time to play and the last dollar in their wallet for ice cream. They loan out the car keys and put their very lives at risk giving driving lessons. They give all their wisdom about fishing or golfing or changing tires. They hold us to our moral code and teach us how to fend for ourselves.

This Father’s Day, honor Dad with a special gift from Black Hills Gold Jewelry by Coleman. Choose from our fine selection of money clips, tack pins, and men’s rings all featuring the signature grapes and leaves, indicative of handcrafted, genuine gold and silver. Or choose from a stunning array of men’s watches, designed to showcase your dad’s unique personality with rich, black or traditional champagne colored faces
, soaring eagles or simple leaves. Even pocket watches.

No matter your father’s style, Black Hills Gold Jewelry by Coleman has a gift that he will treasure, one that will remind him that you took the time to honor him with a gift representative of your gratitude for all he has given you.

By Jaclyn Kennison, JLance Freelance and Events

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