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              Native Jewelry Maker- Mike Bird-Romero, Pueblo

              Bird-Romero has also been inspired by ancient petroglyphs, a motif reflected in the silver pins fashioned like human
              forms. to some areas of the pins he adds stamping to create a contrasting texture with the highly polished sheen of
              other sections. A deeply textured face gives way to elongated rectangular eyes. An outstretched hand holds a
              slithering snake fashioned in fourteen karat gold.

              Born into a family of artists, Bird-Romero's mother, Lorencita Bird, was a versatile weaver and an educator who
              studied and learned weaving, embroidery and sewing techniques used in the various Pueblo villages in New Mexico.
              Bird-Romero first experimented with jewelrymaking in high school, teaching himself other techniques in the years to
              follow or learning from observation. Copyright 2012

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                Mike Bird-Romero is known for his use of exotic stones set
                in silver pins, bracelets and earrings. He has an excellent
                eye for matching similar stones to form symmetrical
                images that appear as mirror reflections of each other
                when set in a pin or bracelet. Many of Bird-Romero's pins
                appear as abstract human or animal forms, with matched
                stones to give the illusion of faces or eyes. A Chinese
                writing stone translates into the body of a bug, while a
                moonstone becomes its head. A circular or triangular
                section might form a human body, while a smaller stone,
                sometimes with carved facial features, comprises the head
                and small drops of silver or gold appear as a crown.
                Mike Bird-Romero