Wedding Rings

Wedding Rings

Tolga and I both got rings in Black Hills Gold. There’s a legend that those who wear Black Hills Gold will have good fortune. 

According to legend, the Black Hills Gold design was created by a young French goldsmith, Henri Lebeau, who designed and made jewelry in Paris. During the 1870’s Gold Rush, Henri decided to go to California and make his fortune. When he reached the rugged Black Hills of South Dakota, he became lost.

The Black Hills was an area booming with cowboys, prospectors, outfitters, gamblers and gunmen, as well as notorious figures like Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Jack McCall. They flourished in the wild territory’s lawlessness and knew how to hunt, steal and survive on the land. But it was no place for a gentle French prospector and jewelry-maker raised in the comforts of Paris. He found himself lost in the woods, destitute and nearing starvation.

Overcome with hunger and thirst, with no more energy to carry on, he succumbed to what he thought would be his final night’s sleep. During that night, however, Henri dreamed of the lush vineyards of his French homeland and when he awakened, he found the strength to get up and search one last time. Just over a rise, to Henri’s joy, he found the stream and a bounty of grapes just as pictured in his dreams. He drank and feasted on the grapes until he had the strength to carry on.

Instead of continuing to California, out of gratitude, in 1876 he settled in the Black Hills. There he dedicated his life and talents to crafting jewelry using three colors of gold with designs depicting the grapes and leaves of the plants that had saved his life.

The traditional design of Black Hills Gold is 12K pink and green gold leaves, 10K yellow gold grapevines and grape clusters.

The Rings Are Reminders That Dreams Come True

Tolga and I are both creative visionaries driven by dreams, positivity and possibilities. Inspired by the legend of Henri Lebeau, the creator of Black Hills Gold whose life was saved by a dream, we chose to formalize our love with rings made of the finely-crafted, tri-colored Black Hills Gold.

My ring inside of his ring.  Notice that the shadow forms a heart. The book is by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

 The chapter is “Love.”



About Christine Marie

I’m a PhD student and a tech-savvy, gingerbread mom with an MBA who thrives on child-like creativity, positivity, productivity & fun. I’m married to an extraordinary, eccentric genius from Istanbul who creates software, music, videos & photos. We live playfully in a fascinating world full of entrepreneurs, geeks, hackers, artists, producers, models & people trying to stir up trouble, break the status quo, live life to the fullest or make a difference in the world.

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