Item #842A- XLG Heavy Vintage 70's Navajo Turquoise Chip Inlay Waterbirds Silver Necklace by W.Singer

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Item #842A- XLG Heavy Vintage 70's Navajo Turquoise Chip Inlay Waterbirds Silver Necklace by W.Singer

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Large heavy vintage 70’s Navajo turquoise chip inlay waterbirds necklace. The silversmith has created twelve (12) smaller identical sterling silver waterbirds with turquoise chip inlay into the wings, across the back, and also into the tail of the birds. Each smaller birds are stamped with eyes, repeat crescent moon stamping on the necks, an detail stamping on the tails and separation of wings, neck, and tail feathers. The artist has created a larger single highlighted focal waterbird that shows more detail stampwork of nostrils, eyes, crescent moon stamping down the neck that continues across the top of both wings, and separation of feathers on the wings and tail. It also has turquoise chip inlay that also details into the wings/tail feathers. The silversmith has used one hundred forty eight (148) handmade large 9mm silver seamed beads. The large heavy necklace has been strung on foxtail chain with handmade hook-n-eye clasp.

The necklace measures 30 1/2” long end to end with a wearable length of 16 3/4” measured from clasp down one side to end of the tail feathers of the largest bird. It weighs 268 grams (9.45 oz or 8.61 ozt) and is hallmarked SDX on the large bird and SD on the back side of the necks of the smaller birds by noted Navajo silversmith William Singer. Not marked, but guaranteed sterling silver. William’s brother Tommy Singer was known as the first Navajo to incorporate chip inlay to their jewelry in the early 1970’s. The brothers Singer (Tommy, Wiliam, Jackie, and Charlie) all made the chip inlay jewelry throughout the 70’s and early 80’s and were copied by other Navajo silversmiths. The technique was continued with some of the children of the above brothers (i.e Juan, Jackie’s son) on into the 90’s. Bold, heavy, vintage Navajo turquoise chip inlay waterbird necklace! $989.95