Ken Romero


  • Award-winning contemporary jewelry artist
  • Taos and Laguna Pueblo
  • Creates jewelry in a signature style he calls Pueblo Design Inlay
  • Handcrafted to produce one-of-a-kind jewelry
  • 1st Place, Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2000.
  • 1st Place, SWAIA-Santa Fe Indian Market, 2007, 2006, 2005, 1996
  • Best of Division, Heard Museum Indian Fair & Market, 2003
  • Best of Show, SWAIA-Albuquerque Indian Market, 1998

A member of the Taos and Laguna Pueblos of New Mexico, Ken Romero is a contemporary jewelry artist known for his semiprecious gemstone artistry and cutting- edge designs. For 38 years, Romero has handcrafted sophisticated jewelry designs in recycled gold and silver. His signature style is a unique form of channel inlay he calls Pueblo Design Inlay, in which he inlays dozens of finely cut gemstones in silver or gold to evoke a Pueblo look and feel. The powerful works of wearable art that he creates in this style are completely innovative while still honoring his rich cultural heritage. Known for his superb craftsmanship, Romero cuts, shapes and inlays every gemstone himself, even for some commissioned bracelets incorporating more than 500 stones. Romero has received numerous honors, including awards at Santa Fe Indian Market, Heard Museum Indian Fair & Market, Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market, and SWAIA-Albuquerque Indian Market. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.