Award-winning Navajo jeweler Tommy Jackson was born in 1958 into a family with a long history of jewelry making. Tommy’s father and mother, Gene and Martha Jackson, are known for their hollowware and shadow-box style. Tommy started silversmithing when he was about 20. Both he and his wife, Marie, were schoolteachers in Wide Ruins, Arizona and Tohatchi on the Navajo Reservation. He started out doing mostly old style designs using the hammer, file, chisel and stamp-work. Tommy’s jewelry is some of the finest being made today using only the highest quality stones and heavy silver work. His inlay work is wonderfully crafted using an even wider variety of stones.When Tommy and Marie are not working on their jewelry, they raise Paint horses on their ranch near Ganado, Arizona on the Navajo Reservation.