A Trove of Treasures for Keeps at the Heard Museum

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As one of the Southwest’s premier museums for discovering American Indian culture and arts, it makes sense that the Heard Museum would also have a fantastic selection of art and wares available for purchase. Whether the next gift you want to shop for is intended for a spouse, relative, friend, or yourself, consider some of the unique wares for sale at the museum’s shops found at both Heard Museum locations. Or, if you can’t make the trip, shop from the comfort of your own home on the store’s site. Here are just a few of our favorites currently found in the online shop.

This delightful set featuring a purple beaded necklace and delicate earrings by Wendy Weston is an elegant example of traditional Navajo beadwork. The necklace measures 25 inches long, minus the pendant, and would make a bold addition to any bright summer outfit. Wear the items together or separate.

The enchanting Kingman turquoise Zuni buffalo carving by Stuart Lasiloo would make a sweet birthday present or other token of appreciation for a dear friend. As part of their traditions, the Zuni people use carved figures as symbols, power objects, and mediators.

Standing 4 1/2 inches tall and 13 1/2 inches around, this Navajo vase by Melissa Johnson would look equally as lovely on a bookshelf, mantle, or bedside table as it would as a centerpiece in one’s breakfast nook, filled with fresh-cut flowers. As is tradition with Navajo pottery, a pinon pitch has been applied to give it a striking luster.

An absolute showstopper, Tommy Jackson’s 22-inch sugilite and turquoise necklace with sterling silver caps and clasps reminds one of the colors of the sky just after a Southwest sunset. Jackson, from Ganada, Arizona, is a contemporary Navajo jeweler who learned traditional jewelry making techniques from his father and now creates wearable works of art.

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