Made in America 2014

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TEXAS JEANS >Owner and President Wallace Thompson had a mission: make quality jeans that are 100 percent American. Wallace promised to never move his business overseas or compromise quality for cash. Every inch of Texas jeans—from fabric and thread to buttons and zippers—are made from U.S. vendors. Double Line Original Fit, $25; 336-629-3018, texasjeans.com

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Schaefer Outfitters, a Houston, Texas, company, is known for creating clothing for the Westerner. Dedicated to detail and quality, Schaefer Outfitter offers the right outfit for everything from the branding pen to dinner dates. The Classic Abilene, $70; 800-426-2074, schaefer-ranchwear.com

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KIMES RANCH >A young couple with deep ranching roots and numerous AQHA and NRHA accolades, Matt and Amanda Kimes designed and developed jeans knowing exactly what features horsemen wanted—jeans that were functional to work and ride in, but also stylish enough to wear off the ranch. Plain and simple, without extraneous embellishments, this is a must-have jean for folks logging serious saddle time. The Watson Jean, $99; 480-471-7457, kimesranch.com

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BULLET BLUES JEANS >In 2010, while on a trip to France, owner Isabelle Benoit visited the American Cemetery and Memorial and was inspired by the stories she heard about the bravery of the fallen soldiers. Benoit chose to name her apparel company “Bullet Blues” to honor the selfless achievements and bravery of the soldiers. Another testament to the country’s greatness? Making comfortable, stylish, and durable jeans, using only American-made materials. Cowboy-Azurin, $175; 954-235-9098, bulletbluesca.com

LEVI’S VINTAGE CLOTHING >In 1873, Levi Strauss got a United States patent for the first blue jean. Today, Levi’s Vintage Clothing is staying true to its historic American roots by creating jeans with the fit, fabric, and details of bygone eras—all from within the United States. The historic 501 jeans are available in styles spanning the decades, from 1890 to 1978. 1954 501 Jean in Rigid, $260; 415-861-3373, levisvintageclothing.com

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NUDIE'S RODEO TAILORS > The first Western clothing company to incorporate rhinestones into cowboy clothing, Nudie’s Rodeo boasts Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, and Elvis Presley among their customers. They’re known for their flashy looks and quality goods. Roy Rogers Cherry Blossom Shirt, Call for Pricing; 317-363-0653, nudiesrodeotailor.com

PENDLETON WOOLEN MILLS >Warm, durable, and sophisticated, Pendleton Woolen Mills produces 100 percent virgin wool shirts. With vivid colors and intricate patterns, these flannel shirts are renowned for providing defense against the elements. Original Gambler, $139; 800-649-1512, pendleton-usa.com

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SCULLY LEATHER >The American frontier is well represented in Scully’s clothing designs, which reflect the company’s rich Western heritage. Collections like the Wahmaker and Rangewear line reflect the many different genres of Western clothing—from ranch to rodeo. Teal Men Shirt, $75; 805-483-6339, scullyleather.com

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CADZOOTS ENCORE ATTIRE >Cadzoots gives customers the opportunity to customize a Western shirt from a totally blank canvas. From colors and yoke details to embroidery, Cadzoots’ selection of prints, styles, and fabrics gives you endless opportunities to design exactly what you’re looking for. Hot Rod Style, $295; 562-806-3366, cadzoots.com

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ATWOOD HAT COMPANY >In 1987, owner Dick Atwood took a trip to Mexico and bought a palm leaf hat; he was impressed by how well it stood up to the elements and sweaty branding pen work. The Atwood Hat Company started in 1996, borne from Atwood’s drive to develop and sell such a hat, a hat that worked as hard as the cowboy under it. A family business, Atwood Hats started in a 12-by-16 foot portable building, but thanks to superior products—in palm, felt, and straw— the company now requires a huge warehouse in Frankston, Texas. Hereford LC 30X Palm, $65; 800-496-1086, atwoodhats.com

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Owner Kevin Murphy has been the heart, soul, and sweat behind his business since its start in 1996. Still using the old-fashioned straight razor shave as well as machinery dating over a century old, KJ Murphy Custom Hatter specializes not only in making custom hats, but also in doing it the Old West way. Murphy enjoys making hats that customers feel amazing in, and by listening and getting to know his clients, he takes the hat experience to another level. These aren’t just hats, they’re works of art. Vaquero Hat, $680; 805-686-4790, kjmurphys.com

Greeley Hat Works opened their doors for business in 1909, becoming not just a fixture in the agricultural community of Greeley, Colo., but a business with international reach. Current owner Trent Johnson delivers top-notch hats to everyone from rodeo cowboys to the likes of George W. Bush, The Bandy Perry, and Mayor Rudy Giuliani of New York City. The company’s numbers are pretty impressive— it’s been making hats for 100-plus years and today, 3,500 hats are sold yearly to more than 12 countries—and Greeley Hat Works accomplishes all this with only eight employees. Ranch Worn, $379; 888-FOR-A-HAT, greeleyhatworks.com

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AMERICAN HAT COMPANY >Since 1915, American Hat Co. has constructed quality hats for the working cowboy. With concepts ranging from the “open crown”—giving cowboys and cowgirls the option to custom shape their hats—to developing a water-resistant felt hat, American Hats is a true innovator. With everything from 100-percent beaver and mink with 14k gold and diamond hatbands to traditional straw hats, American Hat Co. hats are both the rancher and rodeo champion’s go-to lid. In January 2015, American Hat will celebrate 100 years; signature felts and straws will be available this fall. American Mink, Pecan, 1000X Hat, $2,500; 800-392-4197, americanhat.net

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BAILEY HAT CO. >Founded by George S. Bailey in 1922 in Los Angeles, Calif., Bailey Hat Co. was purchased by the Bollman Hat Co. in 1986. With bull riders, professional cowboys and cowgirls, farmers, oilmen, and ranchers all sporting Bailey hats, it’s clear that the company meets the needs of all their customers. Bailey Hat Co. sells an array of classic, authentic, and original headwear that anyone would enjoy. W1420A-Huxley, $380; 800-859-4653, baileyhats.com

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BEST EVER PADS >Working cattle ranchers and team ropers Ryan and Tammy White operate Best Ever Pads in Los Osos, Calif. Used every day by professional rodeo cowboys, barrel racers, reined cow-horse trainers, cattle ranchers, and working cowboys, Best Ever Pads provide cutting-edge quality. With over 30 years of success and experience, every pad is made with 100 percent high-quality wool. Saddle Pad, Call for pricing; 805-528-8009, besteverpads.com

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MATT HUMPHREY'S CUSTOM BITS AND SPURS >Turning heads from coast to coast, it is hard to ignore Matt Humphreys’s original designs of bits and spurs. Producing attractive yet durable and functional gear, this young cowboy uses gun-style engraving techniques, while expanding and challenging himself with new designs. Humphreys approaches spur building and design using very modern methods. He enjoys using technology and machinery to his advantage to produce striking bits and spurs, keeping his spirit and business fresh and alive. Building pieces for famous Texas businessman Red McCombs and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Humphreys work speaks for itself. Spur set, $3,500; 806-781-8025, mhumphreys.webs.com

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JOEY JEMISON >Joey and Connie Jemison are the owners of the Weatherford, Texas, custom saddle shop and work side-by-side on everything from tree construction to elaborate tooling and laser engraving. Joey started his career in 1970, working with legendary saddle makers George Murray and Eddie Brooks. He has spent the last four decades making saddles for the cutting horse industry’s elite. Rope Saddle, Call for pricing; 940-682-4783, joey-jemison.com

DOUBLE L CUSTOM LEATHER >For the last five years, Karen and Deb Schaefer of Double L Custom Leather have tooled and built leather goods from rope bags to spur straps, but their specialty is chaps. Using American-brand Wickett & Craig leather, Double L customizes chaps for functionality and appearance. With materials ranging from bearskin to bison hair, Double L chaps offers unlimited design and material options. Hair on Bison Chinks, $1,200; 612-250-4980, doublelcustomleather. com

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GARCIA BITS & SPURS >Staying true to his California roots, Kain Garcia builds precision bits and spurs for some of the best hands in cowboy culture. Garcia, originally from Lone Pine, Calif., is a team roper, cowboy, and horse shoer who learned the basics of building gear from successful Indian rodeo competitor, Garrett Spoonhunter. Garcia builds intricate bits that appeal to the working ranch and rodeo cowboy alike. Relocating to Lipan, Texas in 2006, Garcia had the opportunity to perfect his trade and learn from builder Mark Stewart. Engraved Silver Bit, $2,000; 254-977-2969

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DON GONZALES SADDLERY >When it comes to custom-tooled leather, Don Gonzales Saddlery is the go-to shop for many working-ranch cowboys and arena horsemen alike. Each item is built using only the finest leather and finished by hand for an outstanding look and feel. Currently, the waiting list is approximately one year long, with a base price saddle starting at $4,200. Breast Collar, Call for pricing; 979-775- 6300, dgsaddlery.com

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LONG VIEW RANCH >Husband and wife Ken and Annette Miller are the backbones of Long View Ranch. In addition to running Angus cattle on their ranch in Mandan, N.D., the couple designs, constructs, and sells brands, brand stands and hangers, horn tippers, and other necessities for ranchers across the country. The irons are made with the highest quality workmanship and materials to guarantee they’ll last for generations. Custom Fire Brand, Call for pricing; 701-202-4136, livestockbranding.net

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CIMARRON TRAILERS >Manufactured in Chickasha, Okla., Cimarron Trailers takes pride in creating the best stock transportation made in the United States. Cimarron Trailers is dedicated to building trailers that are “Better by Design,” and since 2000, the company has produced over 9,000 custom aluminum trailers across North America. Lonestar Stock Trailer, Call for pricing; 405-222- 4800, cimarrontrailers.com

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B&W TRAILER HITCHES >Founded in 1987 and located in Humboldt, Kan., B&W revolutionized the towing industry by engineering the Turnoverball, an easy-to-use gooseneck hitch that transforms a flat bed into a hitch and back in seconds. It’s currently the best selling gooseneck hitch in America. Customers not only rave about the innovative products, but also the superior customer service. Turnoverball Gooseneck Hitch, $494; 800-810-4918; turnoverball.com

KAWASAKI MOTORS CORP., U.S.A. >Rugged and dependable, Kawasaki ATVs are great for any rancher’s needs—from checking cattle to riding fence. Their product manufacturing plant is located on 335 acres in Lincoln, Neb. Kawasaki is always looking to produce better and upgraded products. Their Brute Force 750 4x4i EPS has taken electric power steering even further. 2014 Kawasaki Brute Force 750 4x4i EPS, $9,999–$10,599; 800- 661-RIDE, kawasaki.com

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FILSON LIVESTOCK EQUIPMENT >One of the oldest family livestock equipment companies in America, Filson Livestock Equipment came to be shortly after Ben Filson constructed a cattle chute in a backyard garage in 1946. Today, still owned and operated by the Filson family, the company produces a full line of equipment ranging from sweeps and alleys to hydraulic chutes. Calf Table, $1,493; 620-622-4521, filsonlivestockequip. com

W.R. CASE & SONS CUTLERY >The company began in 1889 when four brothers began crafting and selling knives along a wagon trail in upstate New York. Based in Bradford, Pa., Case offers a wide range of products, from traditional folding pocketknives and fixed blade sporting knives to limited-production commemorative and collectible knives. Case Large Stockman, $75; 800-523-6350, wrcase.com

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TARTER FARM AND RANCH EQUIPMENT >Tarter Farm and Ranch Equipment, founded in 1945, is still managed and owned by the Tarter family. Unlike many other industry manufacturers, Tarter maintains total control over all phases of the manufacturing process, from the purchasing of raw American materials to the delivery of finished goods. 6 Bar Economy Corral Panel, Call for pricing; 800-733-4283, tarterusa.com

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FORT LONESOME CAMP AND CUSTOM GARMENTS >Founded in 2000, Fort Lonesome specializes in custom Western stitching and embroidery. Owner Kathie Stever was born into an artistic family, and her pedigree shows in the beautiful clothes she creates. Embroidered Shirt, Call for pricing; 512-619-0371, fort-lonesome.myshopify.com

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TEXAS JEANS >From the thread to the zipper, every component is manufactured with exacting detail, and made here in the U.S.A. With prices too good to pass up, this North Carolina company, which has been in business for more than 35 years, guarantees top quality and fit. Ladies Stretch Jean, $21; 336-629-3018, texasjeans.com

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Marion McDaniel, president and CEO of this Houston, Texas, based company, keeps it refined and truly Western by giving women plenty of options with Schaefer’s versatile blouses. The company has been proudly American since 1982. Ladies Prairie Blouse, $60; 800-426-2074, schaeferranchwear. com

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OUTFITTER KIMES RANCH >Matt and Amanda Kimes are the owners and founders of Kimes Ranch, a Western apparel company with high standards for their products. Using only the finest quality materials and workmanship, the popularity of Kimes Jeans has soared due to uncompromising comfort, fit, and durability. The Betty Jean, $99; 480-471-7457, kimesranch.com

BULLET BLUES JEANS > With a European flair, Isabelle Benoit designs Bullet Blues Jeans. Built in Los Angeles with premium American-made denim from North Carolina, Bullet Blues Jeans captures the look and feel of an effortless and classic all-American ensemble. Maintaining a strong focus on quality, durability, style, and fit, Bullet Blues’ mission is to save and create American jobs, support the American economy, and honor veteran and active duty military. Bombshell-Blue de Minuit, $175; 954-235-9098, bulletbluesca.com

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LEVI’S VINTAGE CLOTHING >Made in the U.S.A., just like it was when the brand was originally introduced. The Levi’s Vintage Orange Tab collection revives this family of true American classics. From denim button-down shirts to women’s bell-bottom jeans, these products are made using period-inspired materials, details, and construction techniques. 1966 606 Jeans Customized in Dark, $215; 415-401-8920, levisvintageclothing.com

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NUDIE'S RODEO TAILORS > Elvis, Roy Rogers, Hank Williams, and John Lennon are just some of the undeniable legends that have stepped out in Nudie’s clothing. Owner Jamie Nudie is the granddaughter of the brilliant Nudie Cohn—the original founder of Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors. Elegant Western, $400; 317-363-0653, nudiesrodeotailor.com

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PENDLETON WOOLEN MILLS > In 1909, the Bishop sons opened an idle mill in Pendleton, Ore. Pendleton’s first products, their Indian Blankets—still in production by popular demand—led to the manufacturing of their world-renowned, buttondown shirts. Ranch Hand Snap Shirt, $129; 800-649-1512, pendleton-usa.com

SCULLY LEATHER > The Scully tradition originated in 1906 in Napa, Calif. Initially manufacturing fine gloves and jackets, Scully has since started making beautiful Western apparel for both men and women. Their clothing collections range from contemporary to Old West, and they proudly produce lightweight, detailed blouses that are made in the U.S.A. Turquoise Ladies Blouse, $80; 805-483-6339, scullyleather.com

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CADZOOTS ENCORE ATTIRE > David “Cad” Kadison is proud to deliver the finest clothing with a vintage flair. Inspired by the music, styles, and stars of the 1940s and 1950s, CadZoots offers a clothing line for those who have a unique sense of style and want to be noticed in their Western wear. Jasmine Embroidery, $275; 562-806-3366, cadzoots.com

FORT LONESOME CAMP AND CUSTOM GARMENTS >Kathie Sever, better known as Mrs. Fort Lonesome, fell in love with Western wear and the cowboy life after graduating from art school and moving to Montana. Inspired by the romance, environment, and life of the working cowboy and cowgirl, Kathie constructs true Western wear. Embroidered Shirt, Call for pricing; 512-619-0371, fort-lonesome.myshopify.com

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Rocketbuster boots found new vision when Marty Snortum traded in his 1953 Cadillac Hearse for two sewing machines, two employees, a pile of leather, some patterns, and the Rocketbuster name. Snortum’s better half, Nevena Christi, now owns the company. Inspired by vintage iconography and pop culture, but grounded in the ways of classic boot craft, Rocketbuster boots are renowned for their colorful, high-fashion style. Freedom Trail, $1,925; 915-541-1300, rocketbuster.com

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PAUL BOND CUSTOM BOOTS >In 1946, Paul Bond began his bootmaking business while balancing a career as a bareback rider and trick rider. Today, Bond creates unique custom boots, which have been worn by the likes of Paul Newman, Clint Eastwood, and Montie Montana. The Carefree, $1,070; 520-281-0512, paulbondboots.com

CABOOTS CUSTOM COWBOY BOOTS >The Sanchez family has been making cowboy boots for generations. Joey and his wife Priscilla are now at the helm of the business, and have revisited boot styles from the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s. These retro patterns have caught the eyes of everyone from working cowboys to rock stars. Custom Boots, Call for pricing; 915-544-1855, caboots.com

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RIOS OF MERCEDES >For over 160 years, Rios of Mercedes boots have been made by hand in the tradition (you might call it an art) of Texas Bootmaking. Each pair is made in Mercedes, Texas, and the fit and comfort are more than exceptional. Rios of Mercedes boots are worn by all types—from cowboys and rodeo athletes to business executives and heads of state. Chocolate Nile Croc, $1,400; riosofmercedes.com

LUCCHESE >Emigrating from Sicily to San Antonio, Texas, Sam Lucchese founded his boot company in 1883. Lucchese’s skilled and dedicated artisan bootmakers handle each boot over 300 times to ensure impeccable craftsmanship, comfort, and durability. Based in El Paso, Texas, Lucchese boots are known for being both luxurious and functional. Cody, $895; 888-582-1883, lucchese.com

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JUSTIN BOOTS >In 1879, H.J. Justin left Indiana and moved to Spanish Fort, Texas, where he began his boot company by providing footwear for cowboys heading up the Chisholm Trail ($11 a pair by 1910). Today, Justin constructs a variety of boots at affordable prices for people from all walks of life. The Justin Boots Crisis Fund provides relief for injured rodeo cowboys and their families. Black Full Quill Ostrich, $580; 800-548-1021, justinboots.com

ANDERSON BEAN >Each pair of Anderson Bean boots is handcrafted in Mercedes, Texas. The pioneering style of AB has produced such trends as the wide square toe and the double welt stitch. Without using foam, rubber fillers, or overcomplicated stabilization systems, every detail is overseen and constructed by the hands of the finest artisans in bootmaking. Tobacco Yeti, $350; andersonbean.com

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OLATHE BOOT COMPANY >Olathe Boot Company is the second oldest American- made line of cowboy boots still in production, behind Rios of Mercedes. Olathe Boot Company dates back to the late 1870s, when the Hyer family began making boots in Olathe, Kansas. Wild West legends Wild Bill Hickok and Jesse James are among the famous names that have worn boots from this historic company. Mesquite with black elephant heel counter, $325; olatheboots.com

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You can talk about trade deficits, economics, product safety,and labor standards, but when it comes right down to it,using products that were made in the U.S.A. makes you stand a little taller and sleep a little better. Amy Witt gathered more than 50 products for the Westerner that are manufactured right here within our borders—some you've heard of and some you haven't—to give you a chance to put your patriotic money where your heart is. Right here at home.

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Navajo master metalsmith and artist Shane Hendren has spent his entire life working at his craft and living the Western lifestyle in his home state of New Mexico. This team roper, bull rider, horse trainer, and father of four somehow finds the time to create award-winning metal goods. He recently won the prestigious 2014 Artist of the Year award from the Indian Arts and Crafts Association, and in 2010, he was recognized by the New Mexico House of Representatives for his service to the arts. Silver and turquoise earrings, $250; 505-883-0301, shanerhendren.com

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PARDUE SILVERSMITH >Mike Pardue runs his silversmith operation with just one talented employee— himself. In addition to being a Midland, Texas, firefighter (a job he’s held for 25 years), Pardue makes exquisitely intricate knives, belt buckles, and money clips, using his own artwork and unique style of scroll engraving. Custom 2-piece buckle set, Starting at $425; 432-894-7600, parduesilversmith.com

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A legend in the making, Max Lang constructs one-of-a-kind goods for customers around the world. The company’s collection ranges from contemporary pieces to Old West reproductions, and the skilled craftsmen can custom-make silver and gold products using any logo, initials, or brand. From hand sawing to hand polishing, every bit of the work is done in their Texas workshop. Sterling Silver 3D Star Money Clip, $200; 713-960-8845, maxlang.com

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SON OF A GUN SILVER LADDAN LEDBETTER >Cowboy to the core, Texas-born Laddan Ledbetter spent his younger years as a professional bull rider. After being inspired by master crafters Brody Bolton and Terry Starnes, Laddan pursued silverwork with a passion. Continually pushing and educating himself, Ledbetter pulls from multiple influences to create wearable silver art with unique flair. Silver Ring, $1,000; 432-553-5185, laddan.com

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THE NAVAJO SILVERSMITH DENNISON TSOSIE > Navajo artist and silversmith Dennison Tsosie began learning his trade from his grandfather at a young age. At 10, he was creating his own jewelry. Today, 50 years of experience goes into Tsosie’s masterpieces, inspired by his Navajo culture. Bracelet inspired by Navajo Rug Design, $3,500; 480-983-3649, navajosilversmith.com

DURANGO SILVER COMPANY >Owned by the Hartman family and located in beautiful Durango, Colo., Durango Silver Company has been providing unique, handcrafted silver and turquoise since 1976. Each member of the family brings their unique skills and talents to the table, crafting everything from rings to belt buckles and more. Zuni Petit Point Squash Blossom Necklace, $4,200; 970-375-2401, durangosilver.com