Purple Spiny Oyster Shell and Lone Mountain Beads with Lovely Orange Spiny Oyster Shell Pendant by Hopi artist, Don Supplee. Carved Bisbee turquoise set in 18kt gold is set in the carved spiny oyster shell pendant. Above the pendant is a beautiful carved Bisbee stone set in silver. An accent double sided piece of carved orange spiny completes the design. Handmade silver beads separate the purple spiny beads. The necklace is finished with a handmade silver clasp.
Don Supplee was born in Ganado and grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona near the Hopi reservation. The son of two teachers, he was encouraged to pursue his dreams. Observing the jewelry making of his older brother Charles Supplee, an acclaimed silversmith, Don became fascinated by the intricate creative process. Utilizing metal fabrication, inlaying, and the ancient method of tufa-casting, the artist quickly began developing his own style. An exceptional craftsman with a natural eye for design, Don creates exquisite jewelry in both silver and gold, enhanced by diamonds and other precious stones as well as traditional turquoise. “I credit my love of nature and appreciation of the Hopi culture as primary sources of inspiration,” he says.