Orville Tsinnie (Navajo) Master SIlversmith
Santa Fe Rose is pleased to present select pieces of Orville Tsinnie's work. Orville Tsinnie is a master silversmith who has been making jewelry since the 1970s. He is an award-winning silversmith. He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award from the IACA.
He and his wife Darlene work together from their gallery in Shiprock, New Mexico. Orville is a perfectionist, hand picking and polishing only the highest quality natural stones. He loves to work with unusual and rare stones when creating his bold contemporary jewelry using traditional methods.
He is the featured Master Silversmith in the book, Southwestern Indian Rings.
Orville Tsinnie Cuff Bracelet
About Orville Tsinnie
Orville Tsinnie, born September 30, 1943 in Tuba City, Arizona, never believed he was particularly artistic; in fact he'd never studied silversmithing and was very happy with the job he'd had as Assistant Director of Personnel for the Navajo Nation when fate stepped in.
He was 27 when he happened to be visiting his sister Roselyn who was married to Hopi silversmith Horace Emerson. When he left, he'd created his first piece, a pin fashioned in the shape of a squaw, which he inlaid with stones. And he was fully equipped with a set of silversmithing tools.
Orville soon pursued a purely traditional Navajo style and left the inlay work and Hopi style behind. At first, turquoise was his primary stone with incredible silverwork borders, but he now also works in sugilite, dinosaur bone and lapis for the "knockout" stone in what he describes as "...pure Navajo, simple 1900's style, bold, clean, solid."
Orville Tsinnie can be found at many of the major Native American art shows such as the Santa Fe Indian Market.