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.”
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.
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.
A Move Toward Modern Design
Adam shifts away from the Southwestern motifs of his training, and moves toward an increasingly modern and distinctive style.
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.
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.”
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.
LAGUNA BEACH GALLERY OPENS
In 2006, Adam returned to Southern California and established his flagship jewelry gallery in Laguna Beach.
In July of 2012, Adam opens his second California gallery location, in San Francisco’s Union Square.
“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.
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.
“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”.
“Cosmos” Wins AGTA Spectrum Award
At their 2017 Spectrum Awards, AGTA awarded Adam first place in Business/Day Wear for his pendant “Cosmos”.