Black Mountain Jewelry – Gift Idea And Best Friends Day Giveaway

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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If you missed my Black Mountain Jewelry Mother’s Day giveaway then you missed a good one. Carla and Mark of Black Mountain Jewelry were so touched by the comments in the entries that they asked if they could sponsor a Best Friends Day giveaway. I know that they are a small company that puts a lot of time, work and love into making their beautiful jewelry so of course I said yes.

A quick recap on Black Mountain Jewelry for my new visitors. Black Mountain Jewelry makes hand made custom jewelry. They are committed to Fair Trade, responsible sourcing, minimizing their environmental impact and supporting the local environment. They use recycled metals and Fair Trade gemstones in the creation of their unique jewelry.

In celebration of Best Friends Day, Black Mountain Jewelry has offered to present one of my readers with two of the Sonora Star Drop Necklace, one for the winner and one for their best friend.

More on the Sonora Star Drop Necklace – “Step back in time with this old-world collection of western-inspired jewelry. Both rugged and charming, like the West itself, the collection pays tribute to the characters and places of the Old West. Our charms are influenced by Delicate Desert Plants, Antique Native American Stampings and Barbwire.”

These unique pieces would make a terrific gift for a friend or loved one for Best Friends Day or any other occasion.


One winner will receive custom made matching Sonora Star Drop Necklaces. The winner will choose the charm and color and the necklaces will be custom made for them. The two necklaces will be shipped to the winner at no charge anywhere in the US. The minimum value of this prize with the chain is $150 ($75 for each necklace).

If you can’t wait to find out if you win it or simply must have it now, Mark and Carla of Black Mountain Jewelry Company are generously offering all of my readers free shipping on any order placed by 06/30/09 – just need to enter FS306 on your order form.


To enter leave me a comment telling me how long you have been friends with your best friend and why you value your friendship (meaning why they’re so special to you). Please put thought into your answer.


1 – Visit Black Mountain Jewelry Company and then leave a comment here telling me which of the Sonora Star pieces you like the best.
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1 – Visit  HereAndThere.US (my Mom) and leave a comment on any post (except a giveaway post) there. Then return here and leave a comment on this post telling me one thing you read or learned on my Mom’s blog. (That’s two comments you need to leave for this bonus entry, one there and one here.) Unlimited entries for this method of entry.

Leave an additional comment for each entry you qualify for. You must have completed the first entry according to the instructions to be eligible for any bonus entries.


US addresses only please. This contest will end on Sunday 05/07/09 at 11:59 pm est.  Members of my own family are not eligible to win but are still welcome to leave a comment. If you’ve entered any of my giveaways before then you know that only comments containing all of the requested information will be eligible for entry. The winner must contact me to confirm they wish to receive the prize within two days of my email notifying them they’ve won.  Good luck to everyone!

A special thanks to Mark and Carla of Black Mountain Jewelry for sponsoring another terrific giveaway!



Debbie May 31, 2009 - 6:31 pm

i’ve been best friends with my best friend for almost six years i’ve had lots of close friends but this one is special to me she is so helpful cares about me and others not just her self we are alot alike and all ways have fun no matter what i see her being a part of my life for a long time and i would love to win and give her this as a way of saying thanks for thanks for the great give away. deb

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Elsie May 31, 2009 - 8:04 pm

I have been friends with my friend for 53 years, we have collected little gumball charms together many years ago, looked at the stars and moon on spooky nights, caught fireflies in jars, laughed ourselves silly at night in adjacent bedrooms. cried about lost pets, celebrated with ice cream cones….. and this shared prize would remind her of the infinite memories and monments, that I treasure.

Jeane Gallo May 31, 2009 - 9:04 pm

I’ve been friends with my best friend for over twenty years. We were both working at a naval shipyard and worked in the same building, but she worked in financial and I worked in data processing. Someone told me she was going to college and I was as well, so I started a conversation with her. It turned out we had a lot of common interests. We’ve weathered deaths, divorces, remarriages and adoptions. No matter whether we talk every day, sometimes we will go a week or two, we each know that the other is there for her.

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pat. May 31, 2009 - 9:32 pm

Not my style but beautiful pieces.

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Selina June 1, 2009 - 12:31 am

Beautiful jewelry! Thanks for the chance. I also really liked: Sonora Star Charm Bracelets in Dusk. iclipalso(at)yahoo(dot)com

Ann June 1, 2009 - 5:10 am

My best friend is actually my sister. I’ve moved a lot so it’s been very hard to maintain and nurture a friendship with someone outside of the family. My sister has been there the entire time and she is my rock.

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I like the Autumn choker the most!

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Ann June 1, 2009 - 5:35 am

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Jackie June 1, 2009 - 10:12 am

I would have to say my best friend is my sister. We are two years apart in age. With six siblings, we always seemed to stick together. As we grew up, we shared secrets. When we married, we were each other’s Maid of Honor. We became mothers six months apart and our children are growing up together. I know I can tell my sister anything or go to her for advice, and I know she feels the same.

Jackie June 1, 2009 - 10:16 am

The Sonora Star Choker in Dusk is one of the pieces I like the best.

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Andrea H June 1, 2009 - 12:22 pm

The heart and the cross are my favorites.

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Andrea H June 1, 2009 - 12:25 pm

My best friend is my mother. She raised me by herself and always did the best she could. I have always been number one to her and now she is my number one. She is the strongest person that I know. I love her so much and would love to share a necklace this special with her.

Thank you!

Marci June 1, 2009 - 1:18 pm

My best friend is my first born daughter who is 25. Together we have been through some good times and some bad. We talk to each other every day. She made me a Grandma 3 years ago and named my Granddaughter after me. We have a bond that is very special and will always be strong and loving.

BTW she loves anything with stars so this giveaway is perfect for her and I!

Marci June 1, 2009 - 1:21 pm

I really like the Tropical Sonora Star Earrings With Drops…gorgeous!

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sito June 1, 2009 - 1:46 pm

I’ve known my best friend for almost 20 years now. I think she means so much to me because we love each other unconditionally. She’s stood by me through some pretty nasty times, and I’ve been there for her through three divorces and two marriages. She’s nowhere near perfect, nor am I, but we love each other in spite of the warts. She now lives half-way across the country from me, and we don’t see each other much, and our lives sometimes get in the way of constant contact, but we can always pick up just where we left off. Come to think of it, it’s been too long since I talked to her last. Thanks for this lovely giveaway and thanks for reminding me why I love my Robin. I’m going to go call her right now.

sito June 1, 2009 - 1:47 pm

I like the winter piece.

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Stephanie June 1, 2009 - 1:56 pm

My best friend is my mom! She is always there for me and has been supportive of my decisions, both good and bad! I don’t know what I will do without her!

Stephanie June 1, 2009 - 1:57 pm

I love the Autumn Dusk Color Palette of the Sonora Star Jewelry! It is beautiful!

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judy brittle June 1, 2009 - 5:17 pm

I’ve know my best friend for 45 years since grade school. We have been through everything together. What makes our friendship so special is the complete trust we have in each other. We don’t judge and always listen to each other. When my 4 year old granddaughter passed away she was there for me and after years of a serious depression I suffered she stayed by my side. I was a total wreck and anyone else would have given up on me but not her. Yes she is a true friend and I really love her for that.

judy brittle June 1, 2009 - 5:18 pm

I think the Sonora Star Charm Bracelet in Dusk is very pretty.

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I’m a subscriber.

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Danielle L. June 1, 2009 - 9:02 pm

I have been friends with my best friend for around 3 years. I value our friendship because she was there for me in the darkest points of my life. I know she will accept me at my worst and help me to become my best. She is someone I can turn to anytime for advice. We have the best times together and whenever I am with her we always have fun! Friendship is something to be forever tresured am I am very grateful for a great friend!

Danielle L. June 1, 2009 - 9:02 pm

My favorite is the Sonora Star Desert Rose Necklace in Dusk.

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Shelly June 2, 2009 - 12:34 am

I have been friends with her since we were 4 and in preschool – we are now both turning 45. Through moves,changes etc the bond stays tight

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Love the Sonora Star charm bracelet Winter

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Janet F June 2, 2009 - 1:04 pm

My best friend and I have been friends for twenty years. She is special to me because she has always been there for me when I needed her. She is trustworthy and honest. She has gone out of her way to help me when I needed it.

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Janet F June 2, 2009 - 1:06 pm

I like the Sonora Star Western Heart Necklace.

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1955nurse June 2, 2009 - 1:11 pm

My best friend would have to be my daughter! She’s all grown up now, and lives 1/2 way across the country but w/cell phones (God BLESS THEM!) WE talk/text daily. She still asks for my opinion on things, and gives her own thoughts as well which I value – she has a great head on her shoulders!!! I’d love to win this to share w/her 🙂

1955nurse June 2, 2009 - 1:15 pm

Love the Sonora star pearl choker in ‘Creative hand’ because it also looks like ‘The healing hand’ symbol! My daughter is creative, and I’m a Nurse, so….

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Erica June 2, 2009 - 3:48 pm

Tricia and I have been best friends since the beginning of high school. (Almost nine years now). We clicked instantly over our love of pink, Disney, and our Biology class. We had similiar situations, our mom’s had us when they were young, our dad’s weren’t apart of our lives, and we both weren’t really into the whole being a teenage girl thing. We both loved getting stuff at thrift stores, and making our own accessories, and over achieving. After high school, we went to collges 3000 miles away from each other but never really left. I send her care packages in the mail and even when we’re too busy to call we always send each other email updates. Knowing that I have her around (even if its so far away) makes me happy because I never feel alone.

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Vicki Wurgler June 3, 2009 - 9:36 am

my best friend I’ve known for 42 years.We talk about our husbands, marriages, children and now grandchildren. I know she would always be there for me, when I need her.

Heather D. June 3, 2009 - 10:51 am

My best friend. hmmm. I have a lot of really great friends. My oldest friend is someone I met in 6th grade in 1981. She is a dear friend to me. I have a great group of girls that I do monthly girls nights with. We’ve been doing that for 4 years now. I suppose though, that my best friend is my cousin Jason. He knows me better than anyone and we have a mutual admiration society going on. He is fantastic!

tina reynolds June 3, 2009 - 1:05 pm

i have been best friends with my best friend since birth my mom! tina

christina June 3, 2009 - 7:08 pm

i have been best friends with my best friend for almost 9 years..our friendship has endured deaths, births, weddings, funerals, depression and happiness, and i couldn’t ask for more or give more to anyone. friendship is so important, and i think it’s sweet that they are offering matching necklaces for best friend’s day <3

christina June 3, 2009 - 7:23 pm

2nd entry – I love the pearl choker with the Western Heart

Annmarie June 4, 2009 - 5:49 pm

I have been friends with my best friend for 30 years! I love her because she’s not judgmental. We have had very different lives, but now are in the same place – married with children. We share common bonds and many years of history; we know each other well. We can go months without talking but are always able to pick up where we left off. We live in different parts of the country, but when I go “home”, she always makes time for me.

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joanna smith June 7, 2009 - 4:42 pm

I’ve been best friends with my BFF Carol since I was a freshman in high school, that’s over 15 years! She is like a sister to me and I love her like one. Carol is honest, trustworthy, loyal, compassionate, giving of her time, she is fun to be with and hysterical with her personality. She has stuck by me during the best of times and she has also stuck by me during some of my darkest times and she has never once judged me for the decisions I have made or the mistakes I have made in my life, and there have been some duzzies!! She’s my best friend because I know when all else fails in my life, she will always be there for me with an open mind and an open heart. I could go on and on and get all mushy, but I couldn’t ask for a better friend in this world than Carol.

joanna smith June 7, 2009 - 4:46 pm

The Sonora Star Collection – Pearl Chokers (17 1/2″) Western Heart really caught my eye, it is an exquisite piece! Truly, all the jewelry is beautifully crafted and the designs are simply gorgeous!

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wendy wallach June 7, 2009 - 5:18 pm

I have been friends with my best friend Kathy since high school, which makes it roughly 29 years. We have survived her husband and two daughters, my daughter, her grandchildren, and living so far from each other that we only get to see each other if lucky once a year. We survive because we don’t lie to each other, are never jealous of what the other person has, give to each other until it hurts and never judge the other no matter what decision they make. That is why we have lasted and will continue to last until the day of our death.

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Kathy June 7, 2009 - 7:42 pm

I met my best friend over our backyard fences 38 years ago. Say what!! Man, that was a long time ago:) The reason we are best friends is that she gets me, she has the most wonderful sense of humor. She’s smart, way smarter than me and yet she still wants to hang out with me:)I can’t imagine life without her!

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Kathy June 7, 2009 - 7:57 pm

I love the Western Heart Earrings the best

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renee June 7, 2009 - 9:41 pm

I like the beautiful Sonora Star Charm Bracelet in Winter.

renee June 7, 2009 - 9:52 pm

Oops–my bonus entry is before my mandatory entry–sorry!
I have been best friends with my husband since we were in high school–about 13 years! Wow, I feel old now…anyway, I value his friendship because even though we don’t always agree on things, we still manage to work stuff out. We understand how important compromise and honesty are to our relationship. that being said, I doubt that he would like wearing matching jewelry with me, so I’ll tell you about my second best friend, my sister. She’s more like my mom than my sister, and I don’t know what I’d do without her. She helps me see past my stubborn nature and reminds to be NICE. We vent to each other in tough times, and we rejoice with each other in good times. We drive each other crazy from time to time, but we love each other enough that it doesn’t matter. I love both of my best friends dearly!

Jeannie Pederson June 7, 2009 - 11:39 pm

I have known my best friend, Susan, for about six years now. I returned to work when my kids were about 3 and 4 and that is where we met. We both are single parents and though we don’t have lots of free time, we do a lot of talking about our kids and share a lot in common. We try to go out also at least once a year, so that should tell you how busy life makes you when you become a mother. LOL. My dad passed away this year and not only did she come to my father’s visitation but she also brought some former co-workers of mine as well. Thank you, Susan, for being there through thick and thin. Also please enter me for this contest. I think the jewelry is very beautiful and would love to try some out. Thank you!!

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