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For almost 2,000 years, Native Americans of the American Southwest have favored the use of turquoise, fashioning beads, pendants, and other items from locally mined and traded blue and green stones. Contact with the Spanish, Mexicans, and Native people from the American Plains introduced new techniques of metalworking. After 1872, the Zuni of New Mexico, who had been working other metals since the mid-1800s, began working in silver, combining silver and turquoise in jewelry by about 1890.