This sterling silver statement necklace and earring set from renowned Navajo silversmith Jack Tom is a masterful display of artistry and innovative design. Tom’s signature design element, a waterfall-like rain symbol, gives both pieces movement, while the contrast of polished and oxidized silver inspires a unique play of light. A natural blue Kingman turquoise gemstone rests at the center of the necklace, bringing fresh color to an elegantly crafted piece. The earrings complement both the necklace and other silver jewelry in your collection. A timeless work from a great artist, this statement-making set will bring the beauty of Jack Tom’s art to your jewelry collection.
- Necklace and earring set handcrafted by Jack Tom (Navajo)
- Sterling silver
- Blue Kingman turquoise
- Hook and eye necklace closure
- Shepherd’s hook ear wires
- Necklace measures 19”; front piece measures 1-1/2” wide
- Earrings measure 2-1/2” x 1”
- 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.
Kingman turquoise is one of the iconic gemstones of Native American jewelry and a favorite of jewelry collectors around the world. Located in northwest Arizona, Kingman is one of the largest turquoise mines in North America and supplies much of the turquoise used in Native American and Southwestern jewelry. The site has been mined by Native Americans for hundreds of years, and is one of only three prehistoric mining sites that have been found in Arizona. Kingman turquoise became famous in the 1950s for its brilliant blue gems with striking black matrix. The mine also produces blue gems with silver matrix and other shades of blue and green turquoise. Over 95 percent of the turquoise that come out of the mine must be stabilized. The high-grade gems that don’t require stabilization are extremely valuable and among the finest types of turquoise in the world.
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 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. 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.