Tommy Jackson ~ Navajo Jewelry

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Silver and Turquoise Jewelry by Tommy Jackson
Silver and Turquoise Jewelry by Tommy Jackson

Navajo jewelry maker Tommy Jackson was born in Phoenix, Arizona on January 20, 1958. A full-blooded Navajo Indian from Chinle, Arizona, Tommy learned the art of silversmithing from his mother and father, Martha and Gene Jackson.

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Tommy Jackson merges traditional Navajo designs with modern-day aesthetics in his gold and silver jewelry. In addition to having collectors across the globe, he has won numerous awards for his beautiful Navajo jewelry from Heard Museum Indian Market in Phoenix, Santa Fe Indian Market, and The Museum of Northern Arizona.

Tommy graduated from University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. Although he makes jewelry full-time, Tommy Jackson gives back to his community by teaching Navajo children at Wide Ruins Community School, where he teaches Navajo reading, writing, history and culture, and arts and crafts. Many of his former students are now established jewelers themselves.

Tommy and his beautiful wife Marie Jackson have seven children and reside in Ganado, Arizona. They thank God for blessing their hands and giving them the talent to make their unique and beautiful Navajo jewelry.

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