Award-winning contemporary artist Ken Romero has created this stunning pendant and ring set featuring a beautiful inlay design of fossilized walrus tusk, black jade and Sleeping Beauty turquoise. With its unique arrowhead shape and layering of gemstones and sterling silver, Romero has created highly dimensional, unforgettable pieces. The ring’s sterling silver adjustable band is beautifully finished with stamped designs. A stunning one-of-a-kind set from one of today’s best known contemporary jewelers, this sophisticated pendant set showcases the innovation found in contemporary Native American jewelry.
- Pendant and ring set handcrafted by Ken Romero (Taos and Laguna Pueblo)
- Sterling silver
- Fossilized walrus tusk, black jade, turquoise
- Pueblo Design Inlay
- Pendant measures 3-1/4” long x 1-1/8” wide
- Pendant bail accommodates chains, beads and cords that are less than 5/8”
- Ring measures 2” long x 1” wide
- Adjustable band
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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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. See Featured Artist Page
In his acclaimed jewelry career, Ken Romero has been inspired to create innovative work that honors his Pueblo heritage. The style he developed, Pueblo Village Design Inlay, is a feat of technical innovation and this pendant necklace is a stunning example of the elegant, heavy, uniquely textured pieces that he creates. A captivating design that exists at the intersection of traditional and contemporary, this piece shows the beauty of Romero’s art.
Sleeping Beauty turquoise, mined in Globe, Arizona, is one of the most prized and collected types of turquoise in the word, renowned for its stunning color and remarkable quality. The gem was named Sleeping Beauty because the mountain where it is mined resembles a beautiful woman lying down with her arms crossed. Its color evokes the clear blue skies of the Southwest, a robin’s egg blue with little to no matrix, and it is favored by artists and jewelry makers around the world. Sleeping Beauty is the gem of choice for Zuni jewelers in their iconic cluster designs. Little turquoise is coming out of the mine today, and Sleeping Beauty turquoise has become a very expensive collector’s item. Sleeping Beauty represents the height of natural gemstone beauty and of all types of turquoise it is most associated with fashion, sophistication and couture jewelry design.Read our Native American Jewelry Collector's Guide.
At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. Every work of handcrafted art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by an artist or buyer. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.