Danny Romero

Danny Romero

“I construct each piece with sheet and wire first. My inspiration for design comes from many sources. The purple hues and angular shapes of the desert and mountains, a Frank Lloyd Wright building, petroglyphs, Mibres pottery, or the pyramids of Mexico are all examples of what may influence my art,” says Danny Romero. Danny, who initially set out to become a medical doctor, began experimenting with jewelry design as a hobby. He quickly discovered he had a natural talent and decided to pursue jewelry making as a career. He has never regretted his choice.

Danny, who is Yaqui, acknowledges that many of his sterling silver cast pieces are inspired by prehistoric petroglyph carvings and Hispanic religious symbols. Danny is also a recognized master of intricate inlay design. Working in both silver, 14k and 18k gold, he may include up to 1,500 individually cut pieces of precious and semi-precious stones in his one-of-a-kind pieces.

Painter John Nieto launched Danny in a new direction when he asked him to create an inlay version of one of his portraits. Now Danny is exploring the idea of portraiture in jewelry, using his artwork and the work of others for inspiration.  “I like E.S. Curtis photographs,” he says, referring to the turn of the century photographer and the ethnographer who documented more than 80 native American tribes. “I go through magazines then I start drawing and go from there.”

From these sources, Danny produces detailed portraits in stones. “Lapis will be the darker colors, and yellow or red will be where the light is hitting.  Pipestone out of Minnesota, which is a pottery kind of color, can be the shading, and pinks are the highlights. I enjoy bringing the colors of the earth to light."

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Sizing

Although the best way to test the size and fit of a piece of jewelry is to try it on in the store, we know that is not always an option. In an effort to help you choose the piece that is right for you, we have included measurements of each piece on the website. Here is how our measurements are defined:

Bracelets

Finding the right size bracelet for your wrist has always been a tricky endeavor, since, unlike rings, there isn't a standardized, universal sizing chart for wrist size. One reason for this is that we all have different shaped wrists, some of us have round wrists, while others have more oval. Bracelets, like wrists, also have different shapes.

So, while bracelet sizing will never be an exact science, we've done what we can to ensure the greatest chance of a comfortable fit. The best thing you can do if you don't know your wrist size is to take a soft measuring tape and loosely measure the circumference of your wrist at the point you plan on wearing it. Try not to have the measuring tape dig into your skin, as this will result in a smaller than ideal size. Once you have the circumference of your wrist, compare it to the chart below to find the correct bracelet size. If your wrist measures in-between two sizes, we recommend rounding up to the larger size. (ie: if your wrist measures 6.375"- you should shop for size "Medium" bracelets.)

 Wrist Circumference

Corresponding Bracelet Size

5.5"

XX-Small

5.75"

Extra-Small

6"

Small

6.25"

Small-Medium

6.5"

Medium

6.75" - 7"

Medium-Large

7.25"

Large

7.5"

Extra-Large

7.75"

XX-Large

8"

XXX-Large

 

You may want to drill down further on the bracelet sizing to make sure the cuff is a comfortable fit. You will notice on our website that we generally list four measurements for bracelets:

Keep in mind that certain bracelets can be adjusted slightly to fit your wrist, but those with inlay or stones all the way around will be damaged if bent. In any case, it is always best to check with with us to see if a particular bracelet is adjustable.

Lastly, have no fear! If you order a bracelet that doesn't fit, send it back for one that does! We want this to be a positive experience, you should never wear something that isn't 100% comfortable. More on our return policy here.

Buckles

Sizing belt buckles is pretty straightforward. The height and width are self-explanatory, and the belt width describes the maximum belt width the buckle will fit on.

Concha Belts

We try to include the height and width for the conchas, as well as the buckle (if different), and the width of the belt they are on. The length of the concha belts can be less important, because these belts are often made quite long to accommodate many waist sizes, and then can be shortened to fit the wearer. If you are concerned whether or not a belt will fit you, just ask. We are happy to size most of our concha belts before shipping.