For more than three decades, Nancy Worden has interpreted the events in her life as an American woman. Her jewelry intertwines an exploration of materials from contemporary American culture and an intensive study of the history of jewelry design from around the world. Worden borrows design elements from Native American squash blossom necklaces, Art Nouveau masterpieces, Egyptian broadcollars and African amulets. The end result is a narrative work that reflects a female and American point of view, with a nostalgic reference to older jewelry traditions.
Worden received a BA in Fine Art from Central Washington University and an MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.