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Like other Pueblo peoples, Zuni Indian artisans possess a true talent for lapidary work.
In the last quarter of the nineteenth century, many Zuni Indian craftspeople learned silversmithing as well.
The earliest Hopi Indian silver jewelry was little different from Navajo and Pueblo work.
Hopi Indian's lack of traders and distance from sizable towns and cities made the economics and promotion of such works difficult, particularly once the Great Depression started in 1929.
Navajo smiths often made silver settings, known as "blanks," that were then set with stones by Zuni (or Pueblo) lapidarists.
The early twentieth century brought improved tools and techniques and introduced commercially produced materials.
Some of the more commonly used designs may have been derived from Spanish colonial horse gear and male dress ornamentation.
Atsidi Sani's younger brother, Slender Maker of silver (active 1880s to 1890s, d.
1916), has been credited with numerous innovations in silver and stonework design during the 1880s and 1890s.
The number of Zuni Indian men and women engaged in silversmithing and lapidary work steadily increased as the twentieth century progressed.
There is documentation to support the belief that one silversmith, Keneshde, was the first Zuni Indian to set turquoise on a piece of silver jewelry around 1890.