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The Legend of Black Diamond

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At the turn of the 20th century, "Black Diamond" commonly referred to something "rare, exotic & of high quality". In 1911 a bull bison, formerly of the Barnum & Bailey Circus, named Black Diamond became the most celebrated animal of his time when he was sketched as the model for a new five-cent coin by artist James Earle Fraser.   Fraser wanted to create a design that was uniquely American and also showcase the native beauty of the expanding West.  He believed that the great herds of bison that roamed the plains played an important role in the the opening of the West and would make an ideal symbol for the new coin. With his image officially stamped onto one side of the 1913 "Buffalo Nickel",...

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Westward. Ever Westward.

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We’ve always been inspired by the American West and the epic tales & people that shaped it. From pioneers & artists to adventurers & outlaws, the West has always been wild. This is some of the Southwest folklore that helped spark Black Diamond Curio. Georgia O’Keeffe - American Modernist & Minimalist She arrived in New Mexico in the 1920’s, far away from the hustle and bustle of New York City and left inspired to set off on a new direction with her art.   Twenty years later, she moved to the Southwest permanently, living by her own rules and honing her distinct personal style. Her New Mexico homes were often backdrops in her paintings and reflected her sparse yet lived-in...

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