Martha and Gene Jackson are Navajo silversmiths from Chinle, Arizona. They have been making beautiful handcrafted sterling silver jewelry since the 1980s. They are featured in many Native American jewelry books and have won many awards. Gene's father was a silversmith, working in old traditional styles. Gene learned his skills from carefully observing his father and later refined his abilities by attending a class at the Navajo Community College. The well known Navajo silversmith Kenneth Begay, was his teacher. Some of Kenneth Begay's influence can be seen in Gene's pieces. Martha collaborates with her husband, from whom she learned silversmithing. They both prefer to work with traditional designs and materials. They stamp their work with a hogan symbol and their last name "JACKSON". Their son, Tommy Jackson, is a well-known silversmith in his own right.
Gene & Martha Jackson are members of I.A.C.A. and I purchased this bolo and other jewelry directly from them at a recent IACA wholesale market. The workmanship is impeccable - you can always depend upon quality when you purchase a piece of Gene & Martha Jackson jewelry.
They have been making beautiful handcrafted sterling silver jewelry since the 1980s. They are featured in many Native American jewelry books and have won many awards.