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Vintage Sterling Silver
Tommy Singer Big Bead Necklace

HK Item #N422

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Authentic Native American Vintage Tommy Singer sterling silver and Kingman turquoise big bead necklace

Size
29" end to end;
center overlay bead 38 mm dia.;
square beads 26 mm x 26 mm
Materials
Kingman turquoise, Read about stones
sterling silver, Read about silver
Weight
173 grams
Condition
vintage, pre-owned, excellent; medium to bright patina
Hallmarks
stamped: T with crescent Sterling
Artist
Tommy Singer, Navajo

Authentic Native American Vintage Tommy Singer sterling silver and Kingman turquoise big bead necklace

Stamped: T crescent Sterling.

Authentic Native American Vintage Tommy Singer sterling silver and Kingman turquoise big bead necklace

Kingman turquoise.

Authentic Native American Vintage Tommy Singer sterling silver and Kingman turquoise big bead necklace

Authentic Native American Vintage Tommy Singer sterling silver and Kingman turquoise big bead necklace

We leave the natural patina on our pawn jewelry because many of our customers like the old "vintage" appearance. If you'd like to clean up your silver jewerly, new or old, check out our handy silver cleaning and polishing cloth.

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Paula says - "The best estimate of the age of this necklace is the 1970s-1980s. The woman whose collection this came from had many Tommy Singer pieces from this time period. We've left the natural patina on this one - you can polish it to a shine using a silver cleaning and polishing cloth.

Authentic Native American Vintage Tommy Singer sterling silver and Kingman turquoise big bead necklace

All handmade beads
Center overlay bead is 38 mm in diameter.

Authentic Native American Vintage Tommy Singer sterling silver and Kingman turquoise big bead necklace

Square beads are 26 mm x 26 mm.

Authentic Native American Vintage Tommy Singer sterling silver and Kingman turquoise big bead necklace

A similar necklace is shown worn above to give a sense of scale.

Authentic Native American Vintage Tommy Singer sterling silver and Kingman turquoise big bead necklace


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Authentic Native American Vintage Tommy Singer sterling silver and Kingman turquoise big bead necklace

29" approximate inside circumference.

About Tommy Singer

Tommy Singer (1940-2014), was the son of a Navajo medicine man who taught him the art of making jewelry. Tommy grew up in a small community of Dilcon on the Navajo Reservation and began his silversmith career at age 21 by making silver overlay jewelry. He soon added turquoise stones to his work and this led to his inovation in the 1970s of the chip inlay method, where small pieces of turquoise and coral are mixed with epoxy to fill cavities in silver pieces. Chip inlay became very popular and continues to be used by countless Native American artists to this day.

Besides using traditional rug and sandpainting designs in his work Tommy made exceptional storyteller pieces in sterling silver and gold overlay. His colorful bead necklaces, which include many different stones as well as gold and silver barrel beads, are highly prized. Tommy Singer was one of the most accomplished and most popular Native American artists and his work is admired and collected the world over.

NOTE: Items in our Vintage Shop are either USED or NEW. They might come from inheritances, estate sales, private collections, and store liquidations. Many items are brand new (NOS, New Old Stock) and in perfect condition while others may show tarnish, scratches and other signs of use. Major issues will be described in detail and shown in photos. Vintage Shop items are sold as described and are not returnable.
Horsekeeping LLC - Definitions of Jewelry Age and Condition
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Patina
A dark or colored film of oxidation that forms naturally on metal exposure to air and other elements. It is often valued for its aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Vintage
30 years or older.
NOS
New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.
Pre-owned
An item that has been used.

Our Rescue Mission
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Native American Indian Jewelry and Artifacts

Native American Jewelry blog tips and informationWe are in the vintage Native American jewelry rescue business and are passionate about finding new homes for used and vintage jewelry and artifacts. That's why we purchase Native American pieces from estates, inheritances, collection downsizing and New Old Stock (NOS) inventory from closed stores.

Often people contact us after taking a box of Native American jewelry to their local pawn shop and find that a pawn shop is mainly interested in melt value of the metals and not in preserving the beautiful historic pieces. To hear that people have considered selling these treasures for melt value makes us truly sad.

Melt value is usually far below what we would offer for the jewelry. Yet we can't pay retail price for items because of the time and cost involved in finding new homes for them. We have to research, often repair and restore the jewelry, photograph and list each item on our website, and sometimes hold pieces in inventory for years until the right buyer comes along.

We hope you'll find something special in our vintage shop that will complete yet another circle of our jewelry re-homing mission.

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