Tommy Singer, Diné Jeweler

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Picture of Tommy Singer Diné Navajo Nation Hallmark

Diné of the Navajo Nation artist Tommy Singer grew up on the Navajo Reservation and was taught silversmithing by his father, beginning at the age of seven. In the 1960s he invented the "chip-inlay" technique of using turquoise or coral chips in the silverwork. This technique has become widespread in his community. He also used stamps and work in overlay.

Thomas Singer (1938 - 2014) was active ca. 1960s until his death. He was known for his silver, chip inlay jewelry. Tommy was the husband of Rose Singer, brother of Charlie Singer, William Singer, and Jackie Singer.

Reference: American Indian Jewelry III: M-Z 2,100 Artist Biographies by Gregory and Angie Yan Schaaf.

Relative Links: Navajo NationSouthwest Indian Jewelry, Charlie Singer