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Nancy Troske is trained in ancient jewelry making techniques such as enameling, granulation, and chain making. She takes her inspiration from ancient designs and imbues her pieces with a modern sensibility. Her process of stone selection, metal work, and hand granulation respects the origins of this craft, which began in the third millennium B.C.
Every element of Nancy’s jewelry—from gold wire and sheet to clasps and hinges—is created entirely by hand. Because of this level of intricate detail and expert craftsmanship, some pieces can take weeks or even months to produce. As an avid collector of ancient coins and artifacts, many of these small treasures find their way into her work to tell a story from the distant past.
Nancy has taught jewelry making for more than 30 years; she has a BFA as well as many years of professional training in New York City with Fredericka Kulicke, in San Francisco with Alan Revere and at the GIA. She was a commercial bench jeweler and diamond setter for several years before returning to the East Coast. Nancy moved to Princeton, NJ in 2009 where creates her unique jewelry based on ancient techniques.
Nancy teaches classes at the Princeton Arts Council, and workshops by special invitation at Princeton University. Her work has been featured in boutiques, art galleries and museum stores in the US and Australia; including the Princeton University Art Museum, the Barnes Foundation and the Australian Maritime Museum.
Nancy is the inspiration and talent behind the scenes for Fiona McKay, the fictional goldsmith in the March 2020 release of “No Stone Unturned” by the New York Times bestselling author Andrea Kane. She consulted with the author for over a year to bring to the story the techniques and struggles of a working goldsmith in the modern world. For the Irish story based book, Nancy designed an entire collection of Celtic based jewelry, incorporating her own ancient based jewelry making background into the pieces. These pieces will come to life upon publication of the book.
In October 2019, Nancy has a chapter devoted to her in the Princeton oriented book, “Fallen Bedrooms” by Dr. Donna Clovis. Dr Clovis specializes in documentary work and storytelling heard from the people she meets in her travels. Being in the right place at the right time, she focuses on the synchronicity that occurred as she gathered the information through interviews and researching articles. This book is the fifth installment in a series centered on Princeton, examining themes of race, media manipulation, and time travelling via the subconscious.