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 V.25 No.33 | August 18 - 24, 2016 

Business Profile

Thunderbird Supply Co.

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Thunderbird Supply Company

Over forty five years ago, in what began in a motel lobby in Gallup New Mexico, with a display case full of turquoise, and a few other jewelry making supplies, Thunderbird Supply Co. was born. Back then, local Native American silversmiths and craftsmen would stop by the motel daily to buy turquoise and other items for the jewelry they created and are renowned for to this day. As word began to spread around the four corners area, Thunderbird’s business began to grow and soon, customers from all over the Southwest came to Thunderbird Supply to buy and trade turquoise and a wide range of other supplies relevant to their trade.

  • Company name: Thunderbird Supply Co.
  • Type of business: Bead store/jewelry making supplies
  • Owners: Mike Chavez
  • Business Address:
    Thunderbird Supply Co.
    2311 Vassar Dr NE
    Albuquerque NM 87107
  • Number of Employees: 16
  • Business Fax: 505-884-6936
  • Business Email:

Today, Thunderbird Supply employs over 75 people and serves a worldwide customer base with three locations (Albuquerque, N.M., Flagstaff, Ariz. and Gallup, N.M.). Thunderbird Supply serves its wide range of customers with an array of over 15,000 jewelry supply items including raw metals, turquoise, beads, findings, lapidary tools and display items.

Stop by the Albuquerque location at 2311 Vassar NE (Menaul and Vassar). See their wide range of jewelry-making supplies. Whether you’re an experienced beader or silversmith or a beginner, Thunderbird’s friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you in finding the right items for that next project. If jewelry making is something you’ve always wanted to try but didn’t know where to begin, Thunderbird’s staff can show you how easy it is to get started.

Whether your interest is in Native American art or you are just one of those who simply like to create jewelry, Thunderbird continues to supply their customers imagination with new and exciting products.


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