Light Blue Turquoise Necklace
Oxidized Sterling Silver and Blue Royston Turquoise Pendant Necklace by Tommy Jackson. This necklace features 8mm oxidized silver saucer Navajo Pearls with a light blue Royston turquoise. The pendant and turquoise closure have stamping. It measures 23.5″ long.
Tommy Jackson was born in Phoenix, Arizona on January 20, 1958. He is a full blooded Navajo from Chinle, Arizona. Tommy learned the art of silversmithing from his mother and father, Martha and Gene Jackson. He works both in gold and silver and has won numerous awards for his beautiful and unique jewelry from the Heard Museum Show in Phoenix, Santa Fe Indian Market and The Museum of Northern Arizona, to name a few. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a bachelors degree in Elementary Education. In recent years he has been teaching at Wide Ruins Community School. He teaches Navajo children Navajo reading, writing, history and culture and arts and crafts. Many of his former students are now established jewelers themselves. He is married to a beautiful woman named Marie Jackson and they both have seven children and now reside in Ganado, Arizona. He is now working on jewelry full-time with his children and wife, Marie. Tommy and his wife Marie give a lot of credit to the Lord Jesus Christ Almighty for blessing their hands and giving them talent to make their unique and beautiful jewelry.
Authentic Navajo Pearls are sterling silver beads made entirely by hand by Native American silversmiths. Navajo Pearls are crafted by using heavy gauge sterling silver from which they cut, stamp, drill, solder, file, polish, and string. Each bead is very labor intensive, therefore much more expensive than bench made beads. Because the beads are made individually, slight variations occur from bead to bead.
Sterling silver has always been a popular choice for jewelry because of the metal’s sparkling beauty and versatility. Since the dawn of civilization, men and women have been captivated by silver’s spell and splendor. Throughout the ages this mystical white metal has been used to mark historical milestones, celebrations, achievements and special occasions.
No one knows with certainty when the first silver gift was bestowed. But as early as 3,100 B.C., ambassadors from Crete were already bringing silver vases as gifts for Egyptian rulers. The metal’s popularity has even influenced our languages and customs. A silver spoon has symbolized great fortune and privilege since the 17th century when the Spanish writer Cervantes cleverly acknowledged that not everyone was born with one in his mouth. The tradition of the “silver anniversary” dates back to Germany where it was customary to present a silver wreath to a woman after 25 years of marriage.