Born in 1940, Tommy Singer grew up with a father who was a great silversmith. Through years of learning from his father, Tommy became one of the greatest of Navajo Silversmiths, and created his process of creating chip-inlay jewelry. Thomas said: “I try hard to make different styles and design of my jewelry. Every piece is made with the meanings from my traditional ways. My father was a silversmith. He taught me and wanted me to continue this trade. It was my father’s dream that I learn to silversmith, so that I can continue his belief.”
As Tommy perfected his work through incorporating the most traditional of Navajo designs, his notoriety grew throughout the United States and internationally. His work has included exhibits in the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture in Santa Fe, NM and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. Tommy met and married his wonderful wife, Rosita, and together they raised a family. Tommy, much like his father, taught his children silversmithing and jewelry design.
Tommy Singer passed away on May 31, 2014, due to a motorcycle accident. We, at Southwest Elegance, are honored to have had the opportunity to know, and become friends with Tommy and his wife Rosita. Following his passing, Rosita made the decision to continue the Singer tradition and now oversees Tommy’s legacy. Southwest Elegance is proud to have the opportunity to continue working with the Singer family, and making the many beautiful Singer pieces available to the public.