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Take a break from snapping photos on your phone to find a tangible take-home from your next road trip through the Southwest. These artisan souvenirs are made to last. By Melissa Liebling-Goldberg

Celestial Swagger

This is not your average belt buckle. Inspired by the piercing blue skies of Northern New Mexico, John Rippel adorns this channel-set, sterling-silver piece from the Taos collection with green and blue matrix turquoise. Pair it with a tegu lizard strap (shown) or put it on your own 1.25″ belt for a celestial touch to the everyday. Santa Fe Sky Turquoise Belt Buckle, $690; johnrippel.com

Rise and Shine

One of the most iconic symbols of the southwest is the kachina doll, but instead of buying one that collects dust on a shelf, get one that you can wear every day. This Valerie Fairchild Hopi Talavia (“Early Morning”) Kachina Pendant in 14k yellow gold and 14k green gold is not only a statement piece for any outfit, but the story of the Talavia singing in the early morning from rooftops may even help you get out of the door in the morning. Kachina Pendant, $2100; fairchildjewelry.com

Blue Jean Queen

Jeans are the uniform of road trips and may be the only piece of clothing that actually looks better with a little dirt and dust on it. A vest is a great layering piece for cool mornings and hot afternoons, and the roses stitched on this Ryan Michael embroidered denim vest call to mind prairie roses and other flowers pushing through cracked, parched soil (in a good way). Ryan Michaels Embroidered Denim Vest, $150; ryanmichael.com

 

Early Bird

If you’re looking for a souvenir with a story, you’ve found the right piece. Depression-era artisans from Santo Domingo Pueblo didn’t have access to their usual materials so they made jewelry with everything from battery casings to plastic cups to vinyl records. This Thunderbird necklace is good vintage condition, with similar pieces having been made from the 1930s to the 1960s. Thunderbird necklace, $750; ddranchwear.com

Kick Back

You can’t cruise through Texas and not hear the siren song of a pair of cowboy boots. Get ones made to last with these handcrafted beauties from Rios of Mercedes, where they have been hand-making boots for more than 160 years. Some of their craftsmen have up to 50 years of experience! Leather and ostrich boots, $719; riosofmercedes.com

 

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