When I have friends and family come to town I always suggest
they buy some silver jewelry. Whether it’s traditional—loaded with turquoise—or
more contemporary, silver jewelry is one of Albuquerque’s most iconic items.
And it’s so affordable that you can buy a ton of it. Seriously, if the TSA
opens your bag while you’re en route home, they’re going to think you just
heisted a jewelry shop. Look for traditional designs sold by vendors under the
portal in Old Town or from the Palms Trading Company. Contemporary designs can
be found at Ooh Aah! Jewelry, and a combination of the two is highlighted at
Gertrude Zachary Jewelry.