According to legend, a French goldsmith named Henri LeBeau came to the Black Hills of South Dakota during the “gold rush days” of the 1870’s in search of his fortune. He became lost and wandered aimlessly in the hills. Thirsty and on the brink of starvation, he soon found himself drifting off into a deep sleep.
During a dream, he saw a mountain stream with grape vines growing on its banks. Upon awakening, he walked over a rise, found the stream, and the grapes just as he had dreamed of. Satisfying his hunger and thirst, out of gratitude, he dedicated his life and talents to creating jewelry in the shapes of grape clusters and leaves fashioned in rose, greeen and yellow gold.
Today, a series of up to 40 different steps are necessary to capture the same dramatic detail in our traditional and contemporary Black Hills Gold designs.
Henri may have not found his fortune in gold but thanks to legend, Black Hills Gold can be treasured for a lifetime.