Born in Jeddito, Arizona in 1955, Thomas (Tom) Jim learned silversmithing from his uncle, John Bedone. He uses only the finest quality stones which he sets into substantial, perfectly detailed silverwork. His favorite designs are classic Navajo silver styles with crosses and dragonflies. He has garnered a Best of Show award at Santa Fe Indian Market as well as a Best of Jewelry award at the Gallup Inter-tribal Indian Ceremonial.
A self-taught Navajo artist, he is renowned for his concho belts, bolas, belt buckles and squash blossoms. He was raised by his grandfather, but he was not taught by him as his grandfather preferred to be alone when he worked. He has also carved a reputation for quality of design and detail in his stunning jewelry boxes and, although he is well known for his silver, Jim also enjoys working with 14-karat gold and often combines the two metals in his pieces.
Thomas Jim is also a master at incorporating turquoise and coral into his work. “The challenge is to work around the stone,” says Jim, noting that each stone has its own personality. Jim’s style is flexible and he is adept at both contemporary and traditional design.
Thomas Jim has won numerous blue ribbons including the prestigious Best of Jewelry at Gallup’s Intertribal Ceremonial.
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