About Adam 2018-04-21T11:20:35+00:00

About Adam

Discover Adam’s Journey

1991

Adam Begins Rock Collecting, Age 8

The natural bounty of Adam’s native Colorado inspired his curiosity from a young age. At age 8, his passion for stone first ignited. “As a child, every weekend of the summer was spent rock collecting with my dad. Stones captivated me early on. For me there is no greater thrill than uncovering natures treasures.”
Adam Rock Collecting
Adam Rock Collecting
Adam Rock Collecting
Adam Rock Collecting

1995

SOUTHWESTERN MOTIFS IN SILVER

By age 12, Adam began apprenticing with Jim Walker, learning the rudiments of gemstone cutting and silver-smithing with Southwestern motifs.
Southwestern Bracelet

1998

TOURING ART FESTIVALS

At age 15 Adam participated in his first art show in Telluride, CO. Adam continued to tour the nation’s most prestigious art shows.

1999

A Move Toward Modern Design

Adam shifts away from the Southwestern motifs of his training, and moves toward an increasingly modern and distinctive style.

2003

GIA in Carlsbad, CA

Upon graduating high school, Adam enrolled in the world-renowned Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, CA. He received his Graduate Gemologist (G.G.) degree in 2003. In his training, Adam learned to grade diamonds and identify more than 1,400 other gemstones.

2004

Le Arti Orafe in Florence, Italy

As a Graduate Gemologist, Adam proceeded to one Europe’s most prestigious gold-smithing institutions, Le Arti Orafe in Florence, Italy. Here he learned advanced techniques with master goldsmith Gio Carbone and matured as a designer. “In Florence inspiration was abundant and I learned to incorporate a narrative into each piece, making it art jewelry.”

2005

CAD, PLATINUM-SMITHING IN NEW YORK, NY

In New York City, Adam refined his platinum-smithing skills and learned computer aided design under Dominic Ventura of the Fashion Institute of Technology.

2006

LAGUNA BEACH GALLERY OPENS

In 2006, Adam returned to Southern California and established his flagship jewelry gallery in Laguna Beach.

2012

First Major Industry Award

Adam’s ring “Moonlight and Caviar” won the Manufacturer and Jewelry Suppliers of America’s (MJSA) Vision Award for Professional Excellence.

2012

“Di Lusso” Wins First Spectrum Award

Adam’s ring “Di Lusso” won a Spectrum Award at the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA)’s 2012 competition.

2012

SAN FRANCISCO GALLERY OPENS

In July of 2012, Adam opens his second California gallery location, in San Francisco’s Union Square.

2013

“South Sea Glow” in the Smithsonian

In early 2013, the Smithsonian Institution inducted Adam’s pendant “South Sea Glow” into its permanent collection. View this pendant and other national treasures at the Smithsonian Institution’s online catalogue.

2013

Joins American Jewelry Design Council

Adam was invited to join the American Jewelry Design Council. Membership is an honor extended exclusively to jewelry designers dedicated to pushing the medium as an art form. He remains a proud member of the AJDC.
Inferno Pin
Inferno Pin AJDC

2015

“Oceana” Wins MJSA Vision Award

At their annual Vision Awards for 2015, MJSA awarded Adam Neeley with two honors: First Place for Professional Design Excellence, and for Laser Distinction for his Pendant entitled “Oceana”.

2017

“Cosmos” Wins AGTA Spectrum Award

At their 2017 Spectrum Awards, AGTA awarded Adam first place in Business/Day Wear for his pendant “Cosmos”.