Self-taught Navajo artist, Thomas Jim, 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.