Five Easy Ways to Incorporate Native American Jewelry into Your Wardrobe

The Indian Pueblo Store offers an unsurpassed collection of original, handcrafted artwork and jewelry from talented Native American artists and has been a trusted source of handcrafted, authentic Native American art for more than 40 years. Featuring both traditional and contemporary work, the Indian Pueblo Store connects visitors to the rich artistic cultures of Pueblo peoples and other Southwest tribes.

If you've visited our store in the last five years, you've had the opportunity to meet Indian Pueblo Store Sales Lead, Shane Smith (Navajo) and experienced first-hand his passion for Native American art and heard his expert advice and recommendations on how to easily incorporate Native American jewelry into your wardrobe.

“Native Americans wear jewelry to stand out to our creator. When our creator sees how brightly we shine and sparkle in our jewelry, the creator says, ‘those are my children, give them what they want.’” – Shane Smith

Shane Smith Native American Art Expert at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center


1. Be True to Yourself

    Choose jewelry that appeals to you – it’s important to wear what you like. Native American jewelry is transformative and can be worn in different ways – start with a simple and elegant heishi necklace and consider adding more heishi necklace strands depending on your style, color preferences and the occasion.

    Native American Heishi and Statement Necklaces



    2. Make it Meaningful

     Shane recommends wearing Native American jewelry that has meaning and honors a loved one or special experience:

    “I have a unique necklace with a large turquoise pendant named the ‘Heart of Shimasani’ – Shimasani is Diné for grandmother – our grandmothers represent love, strength, wisdom and protection. Similarly, this is what turquoise does for us – it protects us and connects us with the spirit world. I’m proud of my heritage. When I walk into a room, I see heads turn because of my bold ‘Heart of Shimasani’ piece and I feel the warmth and love of my grandmother and mother. It brings me joy to wear jewelry created by Native American artists – the meaning and symbolism of Native American jewelry imbues radiant energy and pride.”

    Shane Smith Native American Art and Jewelry Expert at the Indian Pueblo Store 


    3. Be Bold

      Make a statement with a captivating, one-of-a-kind piece. Shane recommends sticking to your personal style when selecting a statement piece. Keep the rest of your ensemble simple to strike the right balance to ensure the special statement piece can shine. 

      Bold Statement Piece of Native American Jewelry by Ellouise Padilla



      4. Consider Unexpected Combinations

      Adding a select jewelry piece to your everyday style is an easy way to incorporate Native American jewelry into your wardrobe. Shane encourages pairing a classic string of pearls with a striking turquoise bracelet. Different styles and elements are complementary when worn together and create stunning and unexpected combinations. Pearls matched with a beautifully adorned and uniquely handcrafted turquoise bracelet adds just the right amount of sophisticated Southwestern flair to any outfit.

      Turquoise and Pearls Native American Jewelry Styles 


      5. Proudly Wear the Necklace of New Mexico 

        “An investment piece everyone needs is a special squash blossom – the necklace of New Mexico.” states Smith. The squash blossom necklace represents a storied legacy of jewelry-making by Native Americans artists of the Southwest. Although the squash blossom is an emblem of Southwestern style, it has been embraced by American fashion designers, making its way into high fashion. From the red carpet to the streets of Santa Fe, the squash blossom has become one of the most valuable and collected forms of Native American jewelry. Squash blossom necklaces are timeless heirlooms to be enjoyed for generations.

        Native American Jewelry Wardrobe style with Squash Blossom Necklace



        Whether you’re an avid collector or just starting your journey of incorporating American Indian jewelry into your wardrobe, we hope these helpful tips encourage you to celebrate art of the Southwest.



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        • Love Your Jewelry

        • I loved this article!What a beautiful way to wear, support and share your fashion sense and amazing culture.Thank you💜

          Cherie Downey
        • Thank you for this article. I received my first piece of Native jewelry as a gift in 1970 and have been collecting and wearing it ever since, but did not know many of the things you have explained in this article. I’m happy to say that the piece I wear nearly everyday—a small turquoise turtle pendant—I purchased at your store.

        • Hi Sean! Good to see you. Hope you have been staying safe and well. All best wishes!

          Ron & Jean
        • Thank you for giving me ideas to what to where my wonderful New Mexico Jewelry Shane I love the skirt the lady is whirring sort of gold , I have a scarf like that and love it, bout in Issleta, have a wonderful and blessed day. Sharon in Bernalillo, NM

          Sharon Young

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