Mary Tom was born Mary Begay in 1949 to parents Joe Begay and Mary Dixon. She was born to the Tóbaahí (Water’s Edge) Clan and for the Tsi’naajinii (Black-Streaked Wood) Clan. Her father worked on the railroad in Santa Cruz, California. Mary is one of 8 children, and one of the few members of her family to embark into the world of silversmithing.
Immediately noticeable, the three-dimensional vertical lines, highlighted by the curvaceous shape of the earrings, represent flowing water.
On the arid high desert, where the Navajo live, water is the most precious resource.
The water theme speaks to good luck, good health, happiness, and all good things.
The splendid, sky-blue stones, clear with no matrix, are contained by a simple bezel which only emphasizes their beauty.
With just a few elements, the artist has composed a remarkably pleasing design of curvy, vertical, and gently rounded forms, with an understated pop of color.
These are not only visually handsome, but the design also relates the story of how water is a blessing from the heavens – which are represented by the heavenly blue of the turquoise – to the earth.
These beauties can be enjoyed in any situation, from a night on the town to a casual afternoon spent shopping.