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.