- Mitchell Zephier, an enrolled member of the Lower Brule Lakota tribe, begins creating jewelry in the early 1970s.
- Mitchell Zephier of Rapid City, South Dakota grows up on the Cheyenne River and Rosebud Indian reservations. He has also earns the South Dakota Governor’s award.
- Mitch wins numerous awards including first place at Red Earth Show, several awards at the internationally prestigious Sante Fe Indian Market
- His first teacher, Frank Standing High, teaches him the basics of cutting and shaping metal at a summer program at Dartmouth College, and later he apprentices with his aunt, a Zuni jeweler who teaches him inlay techniques.
- Mitchell’s vision is developing his own style based on Lakota history, culture, and spirituality.
- He designs jewelry in German silver, brass, and copper often inlaid with crushed materials such as pipestone, alabaster, lapis, or malachite mixed with epoxy as a holding agent.
- Mitchell collaborates with family who help with inlay work or other detail-oriented aspects of the process.
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Length of Earrings
7/8″ long (1-5/8″ long w/hook) x 5/8″ wide
Brass, German Nickel
Weight in grams
|Mitch Charles Zephier, Lakota Silversmith|