Born in 1958, Tommy Jackson was raised in Chinle, Arizona by his Navajo jewelry-making parents. Following in their footsteps, Tommy took silversmithing lessons from them. He is one of the most prolific, award-winning jewelers, with an international following. Known for the high quality of the materials he uses, as well as his workmanship, he works with both gold and silver, in a variety of styles, especially involving colorful inlay.
Tommy Jackson merges traditional Navajo designs with modern-day aesthetics in his gold and silver jewelry. In addition to having collectors across the globe, he has won numerous awards for his beautiful Navajo jewelry from Heard Museum Indian Market in Phoenix, Santa Fe Indian Market, and The Museum of Northern Arizona.
Tommy graduated from University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. Although he makes jewelry full-time, Tommy Jackson gives back to his community by teaching Navajo children at Wide Ruins Community School, where he teaches Navajo reading, writing, history and culture, and arts and crafts. Many of his former students are now established jewelers themselves.