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Christmas Carats

Christmas Carats

by Meike Yoast November 25, 2017

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Turquoise  - Ancient and Contemporary

Turquoise - Ancient and Contemporary

by Nancy Troske March 27, 2017

Although a bright blue shade comes to mind for most people, turquoise actually comes in a wide range of colors from a bright green, to greenish blue to bright royal blue shades. The Egyptians were mining turquoise as early as 6,000 BC on the Sinai peninsula. You'll see quite a lot of Turquoise in the ancient Egyptian jewelry of the Pharaohs

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Different Colors of Gold - Yellow, White - Rose -Green

Different Colors of Gold - Yellow, White - Rose -Green

by Nancy Troske March 17, 2017

When you think of gold, do you typically see it in yellow?  I'm sure you're familiar with other gold colors such as white, rose, green and even peach.  Did you ever wonder how those colors are obtained?

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Princeton University Art Museum & Gift Store

Princeton University Art Museum & Gift Store

by Nancy Troske March 05, 2017

Any art lover living in the Princeton area knows just how nice it is to live here.  The campus is beautiful, the town is lovely.  There’s culture at the theaters, sculpture all over campus and the town and what we call the “Mini Met” or the Princeton University Art Museum.

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Travel, Swimming and Your  Colored Stone Jewelry

Travel, Swimming and Your Colored Stone Jewelry

by Nancy Troske March 02, 2017

You may be traveling to a warm climate, living in one or anxiously awaiting summer.   Did you know that chlorine, salt, and even sunlight can attack the gold in your jewelry, especially pieces containing colored gemstones can be attacked by...

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Pompeii and the Jewelry They Wore

Pompeii and the Jewelry They Wore

by Nancy Troske February 15, 2017

Jewelry has been commonly recovered in Pompeii. Archaeologists have found some skeletons and plaster casts clutching pieces of jewelry as if they were their most precious possessions. Jewelry looks like it was very important to the people of Pompeii as it was...

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Iolite Gemstones

Iolite Gemstones

by Nancy Troske October 27, 2016

Iolite is an unusual gemstone that has "pleochroism" meaning it can show different colors when viewed from different directions. Iolite’s strong pleochroism makes it an effective light filter. Early Viking navigators used thin slices of it as a polarizing filter to protect their eyes...

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StudentsWork

StudentsWork

by Nancy Troske October 27, 2016

Last Saturday I taught a workshop at Morven Museum in Princeton, NJ as part of the Arts Council of Princeton’s offerings.  It was the first class I’ve taught there and the class went extremely well after one major glitch!  It was supposed to be a basic soldering class and the Museum wouldn’t allow an open flame.  I guess that should have been obvious from the beginning but it never got discussed.  After seeing the beautiful…

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