Self-taught Navajo silversmith, Thomas Jim, is renowned for his concho belts, bolas, belt buckles and squash blossoms. He has also cared a reputation for quality of design and detail in his stunning jewelry boxes. Although he is well known for his silver, Jim also enjoys working with 14K gold and often combines the two metals in his pieces. Thomas Jim is also a master incorporating turquoise and coral into his pieces. “The challenge is to work around the stone,” says Thomas, noting that each stone has its own personality. Thomas’s style is flexible and he is adept at both contemporary and traditional design. He has won numerous blue ribbons including the prestigious “Best of Jewelry” at Gallup’s Intertribal Ceremonial. Thomas is featured in Navajo Indian Jewelry by Jerry and Lois Jacka, and Southwestern Indian Jewelry by Dexter Cirillo. His jewelry is currently on exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Culture in New Mexico, Jewels Of The Southwest, 2002.