Where to find locally crafted jewelry
By Scott Gerdes
New Mexico has cultural and artistic traditions going back thousands of years and Taos artists are committed to keeping those traditions alive and thriving. Shining bright for decades, some of the world’s finest jewelry designers live here. Whether your style is classic, contemporary or somewhere in between, the pieces made by local artisans will stand out and stand the test of time.
11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through the end of January, then closed Monday. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
121 Kit Carson Road
(575) 758-9407, bryansgallery.com
For 35 years, Bryan’s Gallery has been showcasing a little bit of everything Southwest. The store has a fine selection of jewelry from about a dozen local artists. Prices range from $4 to $4,000.
Chimayó Trading del Norte
9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday
1 St. Francis Church Plaza, Ranchos de Taos
(505) 758-0504, chimayotrading.com
The Abrums family has been running the original gallery in Chimayó for more than two decades and opened the Taos location in 2002. It has grown into one of the most well-respected galleries of its kind in Northern New Mexico. Located in the Ranchos Plaza by the famous San Francisco de Asís Church in Ranchos de Taos, the gallery features fine jewelry, among the paintings, rugs, weavings, baskets, sculpture, contemporary American Indian art and Pueblo pottery. Patriarch Gabriel Abrums has a deep knowledge of its history, and the collection is exquisite. He is also an accomplished jeweler who was featured in the prestigious “Taos Living Masters” exhibit at the 2007 Taos Fall Arts Festival. Collectors would be wise to stop here.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
482A State Road 150, Arroyo Seco, on the road to Taos Ski Valley
(575) 776-5175, claireworks.com
For 20 years, artist Claire Haye has dazzled guests with her original jewelry from chains and cuffs to slides and earrings. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, the influence of Haye’s childhood exposure to dance, theater and art can be seen and felt in all of her work.
Emily Benoist Ruffin Design & Goldsmiths
Call for hours
119 Bent St.
(575) 758-1061, emilyruffin.com
With a flair for quality stones and diamonds, since 1980, Emily Benoist Ruffin and 16 artists from Taos and Europe have created award-winning handwork in the “noble metals” reflective of their custom-designed pieces.
Larry Martinez Jeweler
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
822 Paseo del Pueblo Sur
(575) 758-4169, larrymartinezjeweler.com
In a town known for its talented jewelers, Larry Martinez has consistently stood on the top of the heap. He is best known for his complex, museum-quality jewelry that is “inspired by Native America.” His work has been exhibited in museums around the country and has certainly not gone unnoticed by Taoseños, who voted him best jeweler in the 2017 Best of Taos publication.
11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
1405 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, El Prado in the Overland Ranch complex
(781) 248-0166, magpietaos.com
Eighty of Taos’ finest artists are featured at magpie. More than a curio shop, more than a gallery, discerning buyers are greeted by a little piece of heaven for Taos arts and crafts. Even owner Georgia Gersh can be found making jewelry.
9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily
On Taos Plaza
This beacon of flawless steel and gold wearable art (some with diamonds), exquisite turquoise and silver jewelry, other varieties of precious and semiprecious stones and knowledgable staff has stood tall in Taos for 29 years. The stunning selection of Southwestern-style to contemporary pieces comes from an impressive list of more than 40 local and regional artists – owner Louise Pasaka is one of them. Also begging for attention are fine collections of American Indian art and pottery.
Millicent Rogers Museum
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday, Nov. 1 through March 31. The museum is closed Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday.
1504 Millicent Rogers Road
(575) 758-2462, millicentrogers.org
The Millicent Rogers Museum Store has been selling authentic contemporary and vintage American Indian and Hispanic jewelry for more than 30 years. Most items are purchased directly from the artists and their authenticity is guaranteed. Also offered are handmade pieces from longtime artists in Taos and Taos Pueblo.
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133 Bent St.
(505) 690-7871, momotaos.com
In the heart of downtown Taos in a 19th-century hacienda-style adobe on historic Bent Street is MoMo, founded by native Taoseña Moriah Stanton. Her desire was to create a space that could feature her original jewelry alongside the creations of other “carefully curated” local artists. Stanton’s creations include silverwork encased in glass and stones cut in counterintuitive shapes.
The Ranch at Taos
10 a.m. -5 p.m. daily
119 Kit Carson Road
(325) 647-5736, theranchattaos.com
Advertised as an “upscale ranch” art gallery, The Ranch at Taos on historic Kit Carson Road offers locally handcrafted Southwestern jewelry to die for. You won’t see the exact same piece twice, as the stock is always changing. The shop defines itself – and rightly so – as a showplace of Western- and Southwestern-themed arts and vintage Western articles. Yippie ki-yay!
Tony Reyna’s Indian Shop/Taos Pueblo
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915 Veterans Highway
Tony Reyna, of Taos Pueblo, opened his shop on the road to the historic Pueblo in 1950 and passed the torch to his son, Philip, five years ago. Reyna passed away in December 2016. A survivor of the Bataan Death March in World War II, he spent two years raising the adobe building that still houses Tony Reyna’s Indian Shop. In a concerted effort to promote Native American crafts, the shop Reyna started still features crafts from Taos, Santa Clara, San Juan and other pueblos, including authentic jewelry.
There are also drums, pottery, paintings and many other items for sale. Because Taos Pueblo proper is closed to the public from March to April for traditional reasons, Tonya Reyna’s Indian Shop is a best bet for anything Taos Pueblo.
When the Pueblo is open, there are many beautiful, handmade items sold in shops throughout the main grounds of the Pueblo, including (but by no means limited to) Deer Snow Trail Studio Drums and Silver Jewelry, as well as Sonny Spruce Indian Shop. Many of the silversmithing techniques and shops themselves have been passed down for generations. To find out if the Pueblo is open, call (575) 758-1028.