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Sacred Bear Newsletter

Tommy Singer, Din'e

tommy-copy.jpgWe are saddened to tell you Tommy Singer passed away May 31, 2014.

Tommy Singer is a World Famous Navajo Silversmith. His distinct style of Indian Jewelry is recognized the world over. Tommy is considered by many as one of the greatest contemporary Indian jewelry silversmiths of our time. His Native American Indian jewelry work is coveted by collectors and enthusiasts alike.

Tommy has been a silversmith for over 28 years. He learned the art of silversmithing from his father when he was just 7 years old. His Father Tsinnigine Hathali was a Navajo Medicine man. Tommy incorporates many traditional sandpainting and rug designs of the Navajo People into his jewelry. Tommy began creating jewelry full-time at the age of 21. His early works were done in the Silver overlay technique. His work soon began to feature Turquoise stones. While working with scrap turquoise chips, Tommy pioneered the technique of Chip inlay used by thousands of artists to this day. For many years Tommy and his brothers created Jewelry using the Chip inlay style. 

In recent years, Tommy has returned to his roots by creating Exquisite Silver Overlaid Jewelry with intricate designs. His overlay work is accomplished by using jewelry saw to cut out the individual designs for the item he is making. He uses these cutouts as overlay, soldering them onto the silver base. Occasionally Tommy oxidizes black portions of the silver base. His current work often includes 12-14 Karat Gold Overlaid on Silver. Tommy also carves storyteller scenes with tremendous skill. Whatever the item, you can see there is much work and art involved in any piece by Tommy Singer.

His carved silver Bead necklaces are also highly sought after.