An INNOVATIVE CAREER
American designer, Adam Neeley is breaking boundaries in the contemporary jewelry space and defining the next generation of high jewelers. A talented metalsmith who is bench trained, Neeley has developed a new genre of work that has captured a global audience of sophisticated collectors. Striking a delicate balance of old-world craftsmanship with modern innovation, his jewelry combines rich artistry and exceptional design with cutting-edge techniques and groundbreaking materials.
After a prodigious early jewelry-making career and extensive training under European and American masters, Adam Neeley established his flagship atelier in Laguna Beach, CA, in 2006. Today, he is celebrated for his bold designs, technical mastery, innovative metallurgy, and unique gemstone presentation. His work has been featured in museums nationwide, including the Smithsonian Institution. As an award-winning designer and member of the American Jewelry Design Council, he remains dedicated to advancing jewelry as an art form.
Neeley’s design aesthetic highlights extraordinary gemstones within graceful, modern forms. His exquisite craftsmanship includes distinctive suspension mounts and award-winning laser construction. As a Graduate Gemologist of GIA, Neeley has proven gemstone expertise and a style which celebrates unique specimens, expertly cut gems, and rare stones.
By developing custom gold alloys in his studio, Neeley unlocks signature gold colors and stunning gold gradients for use exclusively in his creations. As a modern alchemist, Neeley draws on old-world techniques that he learned with European masters, as well as state-of-the-art tools of the jewelry-making trade.
The natural bounty of Neeley’s native Colorado inspired his curiosity from a young age. Some of his earliest memories include time spent in the garden with his mother. Caring for plants also meant admiring their beauty. Each exquisitely proportioned flower and the concert of colors in a garden evidenced nature’s magnificence. Replete with elegant forms and harmonious color combinations, the living world radiates intrinsic beauty.
Neeley’s honors and distinctions include 10 AGTA Spectrum Awards, 2 AGTA Cutting Edge Awards, 11 MJSA Vision Awards, 2 Tahitian Pearl Trophies and 2 President’s Trophies & a Vision Award from the CPAA, a Saul Bell Design Award, and more than a dozen top of category and Best of Show honors at fine art shows around the country. As a member of the American Jewelry Design Council, Neeley works with other top American designers to advance jewelry as an art form. His work has been featured in museums and his piece “South Sea Glow” is a part of the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent collection.