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F. L. (Frank) Thorpe was the grandson of S. T. Butler and nephew of George M. Butler. Raised by his grandparents since the age of four, it was at that time in 1886 that Thorpe first viewed Black Hills Gold jewelry in his grandfather's original shop. In 1902, his uncle George sent him to the Bradley Horological Institute (Horology is the art of making timepieces), where Thorpe learned watch work, diamond setting, engraving, optics, steel tempering and die sinking. In 1908, George purchased the Kittlesby Jewelry store in Deadwood for his nephew. Thorpe took his new business only three miles away, to the town of Lead, where he set up shop. Butler and Thorpe manufactured Black Hills Gold jewelry in separate shops for many years, each for himself, but not in competition. George assisted his nephew by furnishing tools, gold material and money to help him get established.
Word to the Wise: Flea markets, garage sales, secondhand stores, and thrift stores are all great places to find vintage jewelry. How authentic they are is something that you'll have to decide when you see the piece.
Today you will find that there are many types of cremation jewelry and pendants to choose from and they range from religious symbols, such as a cross or Star of David, to animal figurines or even a simple, cylindrical shaped pendant. You can also choose from a variety of different metal compositions such as gold, silver, pewter and brass.
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