Mary Tom Sterling Silver Graduated Square Bead Necklace

Item No: 10642

$ 2,165.00

  • This statement necklace from renowned Navajo silversmith Mary Tom features handcrafted sterling silver beads accented with unique beveled square beads requiring great precision and skill to successfully craft.

    Add style and elegance to your collection with this one-of a kind piece that elegantly blends modern style with historical tradition.
    • Necklace handcrafted by Mary Tom (Navajo)
    • Sterling silver
    • Hook and eye closure
    • Necklace measures 21” long x 1/2” to 1" wide graduated beads
    • Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity

    Handcrafted works of Native American art require special care. For more information about proper care and cleaning, please read our Care Guide.

  • Mary Tom is a Navajo silversmith from Winslow, Arizona. She began as an apprentice in the early 1980's, and over the last 30 years her work has evolved to establish her as one of the leading bead-making silversmiths.

    Today, she makes a wide array of jewelry, using a number of different methods. Her pieces are finely crafted using quality materials, and popular with collectors.

  • Many Native American artists working today are inspired by the interplay between traditional and contemporary styles. In their work they feel it is important to honor their history, heritage, and culture, including the art forms and techniques passed down through generations of Pueblo families. By mixing and matching techniques, materials, and themes that are contemporary and traditional, they create inspiring work that has made the modern Native American art world extremely vibrant.
  • Creating hand-rolled silver beads, sometimes called “Navajo Pearls,” is a celebrated tradition among Navajo silversmiths and an icon of Navajo jewelry. The artist begins with two flat discs of silver then shapes them into domes using a dapping punch. The halves are soldered together and filed to form a beautiful silver bead.

    Usually formed from heavy gauge sterling silver, the beads may be smooth, stamped, fluted, slightly flattened or round and polished. Making hand-rolled beads is an extremely labor-intensive process but it creates one of the most beautiful and recognized necklace styles in the world.

    Read our Native American Jewelry Collector's Guide.
  • At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, and to provide a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes, and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft.

    Every work of handcrafted art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by an artist or buyer. At a time when many commercially made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.

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