Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Mt. Rushmore Black Hills Gold

My wife has always had a fond affection for the look of Black Hills gold. The tricolored, delicately formed leaves are "pretty and shiny," according to Patsy. She loves the intricate nature of the works. So we took advantage of the the free tour of one of the factories where the jewelry is made, Mt. Rushmore Black Hills Gold.

According to their website, the tour is quite fascinating! Take a memorable FREE Factory Tour to see and learn how this historic jewelry is made. Discover the ancient process of lost-wax casting and how diamonds are cast in molten gold! As one of the area’s only "on the floor" up close & personal jewelry tours, you're guaranteed a fun and fascinating vacation experience!

We did enjoy the tour and our guide was very nice. It was quick but had some nice hands-on opportunities. My favorite part was learning how they "recycle" every bit of gold, even filtering the water where the employees wash their hands to catch the gold specks. Gold is currently $1500 or so an ounce, so it makes sense.

We did buy Patsy a small necklace with the signature leaf on it. Overall she seemed quite happy with the tour, and we all learned a little bit about jewelry making!

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