Three Drop Roped Edge Ring with Pilot Mountain Turquoise by Tommy Jackson
Navajo jewelry maker Tommy Jackson was born in Phoenix, Arizona on January 20, 1958. A full-blooded Navajo Indian from Chinle, Arizona, Tommy learned the art of silversmithing from his mother and father, Martha and Gene Jackson. Tommy merges traditional Navajo designs with modern-day aesthetics in his gold and silver jewelry.
The Pilot Mountain turquoise mine, also known as the Montezuma or Troy springs, is at the southern end of the Pilot Mountains in Mineral county, Nevada and was discovered in 1905 by William Miller of Tonopah. A hard turquoise with colors ranging from a bright blue, to a dark blue with a greenish cast, to very dark blue. Strong dark brown limonite mottled patterns are associated with this material. Pilot Mountain, though thin veined, is a very beautiful gem turquoise.
Ring size 8