There is more to this internationally collected, multiple award-winning jeweler than just his splendid jewelry.
A graduate of University of Arizona with a degree in education, Tommy still mentors, and teaches Navajo language, history and arts at a school near his Reservation home.
His parents, Martha and Gene Jackson, well-respected jewelers, were his teachers; Dan Jackson, his brother, is also a highly reputed jeweler.
At least one of his seven children, Christina, and her husband, Dio Luna, are carrying the artistic tradition into a younger generation.
Tommy is especially known for his breathtaking inlaid pieces, in gorgeous color combinations, but can – and does – work in any style.
This sleekly sensational ring channels and old style, but with contemporary finesse and elegance.
The glittering silver frame is perfectly simple, leading the eye to a shadowbox setting.
Set within a narrow “moat” of darkened silver, a splendid, natural Royston turquoise is embraced by a deeply chiseled bezel.
The pattern of the chiseled teeth is the only decoration, and really stands out.
The mossy green of the stone, and its toasty gold matrix, demonstrates a top quality turquoise from this mine.
Three silver wire bars, a classic style, form the shank, which is fused at the back.
They support the large, serene silver face, and the marvelous stone., and provide airy comfort, too.
With not even a tiny slip-up, the mirror-bright silver of the face is as rounded and brilliant as a full moon.
Simple is really hard to achieve, but this Master pulls it off, here, and elsewhere, with beautiful precision.
With flawless execution, a minimal, modern look, and a precious, natural turquoise, this ring is a beautiful blend of the past, in the present.