sold Navajo Oval Kingman Turquoise Engraved Sterling Silver - T & R Singer - Native American
Navajo sterling silver belt buckle with hand-stamped and engraved designs featuring an oval-shaped Kingman turquoise stone. Made by Rosita Singer, the wife of the late Tommy Singer.
Width: 1 7/8"
Buckle: 1 1/2"
Buckle Gap: 1 3/8"
Stone Size: 1/2" x 1/2"
Weight: 46 g
Stone: Kingman turquoise
Metal: Sterling Silver
Artist: Tommy and Rosita Singer
Tommy Singer (1940 - May 31, 2014) was a Navajo silversmith who specialized in chip-inlay jewelry.
Singer was a member of the Navajo Nation from Winslow, Arizona. There he perfected his craft working on the Navajo reservation in a small studio surrounded with his family and other tribal members. Beginning at the age of seven, he was taught silversmithing by his father.
Ultimately, he came to use turquoise or coral chips in his silverwork. His chip inlay technique became widespread in his community. He also incorporated stamps and overlay work.
When asked about his work, Singer said, “every piece is made with the various meanings from my traditional ways - the Navajo way of living. My father was a silversmith too. He taught me and wanted me to continue this trade. It was my father’s dream that I learn to silversmith so that I could continue his beliefs”.
After his death, his wife, Rosita (Rose), has carried on the tradition and continued to create jewelry using designs Singer created prior to his passing. These items are stamped with "T&R Singer.
Kingman Turquoise: Is this the King of the turquoise stones? We certainly think so. Claimed as “any rich looking turquoise”, the vast majority of these royal rocks hail from the Kingman mine in AZ - one of the oldest and highest-producing mines in North America
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