Handcrafted by award-winning Taos and Laguna Pueblo artist Ken Romero, this extraordinary pendant and collar necklace are created in his signature inlay style which he refers to as "Pueblo Design Inlay."
Romero has set natural hand-cut gemstones of fossilized walrus ivory, coral, black jade, lapis, gaspiete, Sleeping Beauty and New Lander's turquoise into a complex sterling silver pendant necklace.
The pendant hands on a V-shaped sterling silver collar necklace that is beautifully finished with stamped designs and accented with fine inlay at its points.
The pendant hangs on the necklace by a hidden hook bail, and also comes with a removable oversized bail that can accommodate large beads and necklaces.
A stunning one-of-a kind piece from one of the best-known contemporary jewelers, this remarkable pendant collar necklace showcases the beauty of natural stone and the innovation found in contemporary Native American jewelry today.
- Pendant & necklace handcrafted by Ken Romero (Taos/Laguna Pueblo)
- Sterling silver
- Fossilized walrus ivory, coral, lapis, and Sleeping Beauty turquoise l
- Pendant measures 2-3/4” x 5/8”; collar necklace measures 12-1/2” x 1/4”
- Hidden hook bail for hanging pendant on small cords, beads and chains
- Includes large removable bail that can fit beads up to 3/4” 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 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.
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.
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