Merging traditional themes with contemporary design, this sterling silver and spiny oyster shell pendant from renowned Navajo artist Jack Tom illustrates both his modern aesthetic and skill as a silversmith. The pendant features a unique arrowhead shape and roughened texture created through sandblasting. Inside the pendant is a stair step cutout of a cloud design, while an etched symbol near the bottom of the piece evokes ancient petroglyphs. A bold gemstone of red spiny oyster shell crowns the pendant in a masterful display of artistry and innovative design.
- Pendant handcrafted by Jack Tom (Navajo)
- Sterling silver
- Red spiny oyster shell
- Pendant measures 2-5/8” x 1-1/4”
- Accommodates beads, cords and chains that are less than 1/4”
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Jack Tom is a self-taught Diné (Navajo) silversmith who has been handcrafting beautiful sterling silver jewelry for over 40 years. Tom is known for contemporary necklaces and earrings that feature hand-rolled sterling silver beads, exquisite details and layered textures. He often uses sandblasting and textured rolling, two techniques that he learned from Zuni jeweler Marvin Panteah. He has shown his work at Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Museum Indian Fair & Market.
Jack Tom is inspired by Navajo silversmithing traditions, which he interprets in innovative, contemporary designs. In this unique pendant, he has paired traditional symbols and petroglyph-inspired designs with a modern silhouette and texture.
Today there is a vibrant community of Native American jewelers creating contemporary styles that challenge traditional forms, techniques and materials. Some artists experimented by working in gold or using gemstones like opals and diamonds that were not typically used in Native American jewelry. Others presented Native American symbols and icons in modern, stylized ways. Though artists began experimenting in the 1950s and 1960s, it was not until the 1970s that these innovative styles were embraced by the market. Since then, contemporary styles have flourished, bringing Native American jewelry to an international audience. By pushing boundaries, contemporary artists have truly elevated the technical expertise and sophistication of Native American jewelry, bringing it to the level of couture fashion and fine art.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, providing 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.