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Southwestern Jewelry: Metal Works

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Inspired by iconic Southwestern shapes, these polished treasures in brass, copper and gold shine with modern style

By Ashley M. Biggers

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Nailed it!

Pat Flynn hand-forges his line of bracelets from cut nails — you might recognize them from 19th-century cabins or cattle fences. The designer fuses 22-karat gold to textural, blackened steel giving a hint of glam to the humble peg. Buy several and layer to create a signature stack. Starting at $1,500, patflynninc.com

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Sartorial Saguaro

This iconic symbol of the Southwest gets a spine-less upgrade in a hand-cut brass version. The Happy Cactus Necklace is polished and hammered for a lived-in look suited to everyday. It comes on short (18 inches) or midlength (26 inches) chains and in silver, by request. $72, fableandlore.com

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Bolt from the Blue

It may be the same gem worn for generations, but this isn’t your grandmother’s turquoise. In these glitzy earrings from Hollywood designer Jennifer Meyer (she’s married to Tobey Maguire), 18-karat gold marquis earring drops are inlaid with turquoise and framed with sparkling diamonds. $8,500, ylang23.com

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Over the Moon

With this sophisticated pendant, Kris Nations delivers a fresh take on the naja (inverted crescent) often seen on squash-blossom necklaces and Navajo horse bridles. The designer hails from El Paso, Texas, and draws inspiration from Native American symbols for her sleek designs. $60, krisnations.com

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Pythagorean Turquoise

This contemporary ring from Nangijala Jewelry blends rich color with a strong geometric shape. A clean edge of 22- and 14-karat gold harnesses the wild, natural stone — a symbol of the Southwest’s water and sky. $455,
etsy.com/shop/NangijalaJewelry

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Decked Out

Art deco meets Native American in the Sanctuary brass cuff from Denver-based designer Jessica Robin Thomas of Crow Jane Jewelry. The intersection of nature and industry with ancient and modern cultures inspires her line of alluring metalwork. $64, crowjanejewelry.com

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