Looking for a piece of turquoise jewelry? There’s no better place to find this classic Southwestern blue-green stone than at the Turquoise Buffalo (252 N. Hwy. 89A, 928/282-2994, www.turquoisebuffalo.com , 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Tues.–Wed., 9 a.m.–7:30 p.m. Thurs.–Mon.), which stocks more than 1,700 unique pieces. The helpful staff guides buyers—and curious browsers—through dozens of varieties of turquoise specimens available, from the green-veined Lone Mountain and the copper-flecked Morenci to the creamy white variations. It’s a fascinating stop even if you haven’t considered buying a piece.
For jewelry “traditionally inspired but with a contemporary flair,” peruse the selection at the Blue-Eyed Bear (450 Jordan Rd., 928/282-9081, www.blueeyedbear.com , 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. daily). The small Uptown shop specializes in handmade pieces made of sterling silver, gold, and semiprecious stones, all designed by Native American and Southwestern artists. The necklaces, bracelets, and earrings evoke Arizona’s indigenous roots while the clean lines and bold color give the work a modern feel.