Award-winning contemporary artist Ken Romero has created this ring masterpiece in his signature inlay style. Called Pueblo Design Inlay, Romero has set dozens of rare natural Sleeping Beauty turquoise gemstones that he cut himself into a sophisticated sterling silver setting. Beautifully stamped designs accent the sterling silver ring band. Conveying both strength and beauty, this piece captures the unique vision that has set Romero apart in the Native American art world over the last three decades.
- Ring handcrafted by Ken Romero (Taos/Laguna Pueblo)
- Sterling silver
- Sleeping Beauty turquoise
- Pueblo design inlay
- Ring measures 1/2” wide
- Size 8
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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About the Artist
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
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.
Our Guarantee of Authenticity
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. 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.