Unique pair of cuff links from one of today's best-known contemporary jewelers, Ken Romero. Brilliant black jade, coral, Sleeping Beauty turquoise, and sleek lines of walrus tusk give this pair a bold look that will add elegance and style to any wardrobe.
Cuff links add distinguished classic sophistication to contemporary fashion, suitable for the office or an event.
Handcrafted by an award-winning artist, these pieces of wearable art blend timeless elegance, Nature's beauty, and Native Amreican traditions with today's fashions.
- Cuff links handcrafted by Ken Romero (Taos and Laguna Pueblo)
- Sterling silver
- Black jade, coral, fossilized walrus tusk, and Sleeping Beauty turquoise
- Pueblo Village Design Inlay
- Cuff link measures 3/4” long x 5/8” wide
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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A member of Taos and Laguna Pueblos in 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 Village 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 these cuff links are a stunning example of the elegant, uniquely textured pieces that he creates. A captivating design that exists at the intersection of traditional and contemporary, this set shows the beauty of Romero’s art.
Today there is a vibrant community of Native American jewelers creating contemporary styles that challenge traditional forms, techniques, and materials. Some artists experimented by working in gold, or using gemstones like opals and diamonds that were not typically used in Native American jewelry. Others presented Native American symbols and icons in modern, stylized ways.
Though artists began experimenting in the 1950s and 1960s, it was not until the 1970s that these innovative styles were embraced by the market. Since then, contemporary styles have flourished, bringing Native American jewelry to an international audience. By pushing boundaries, contemporary artists have truly elevated the technical expertise and sophistication of Native American jewelry, bringing it to level of couture fashion and fine art.
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 40 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.