“The contemporary cultural perspective is shifting to see jewelry as wearable art. Jewelry masters of the 21st Century, such as JAR and Wallace Chan, have brought international attention to collecting jewelry as fine art. I also strive to expand the way jewelry is perceived, fusing adornment and art.” – Adam Neeley
For their lively light-play and rainbow colors, opals are unlike any other gemstone. One of four so-called phenomenal gemstones, opals exhibit a unique light interaction owing to perfectly ordered spheres of silica, which diffract light with a magical flourish.
What we can see of the universe has fascinated, inspired, and humbled man throughout history. As humans, our days may be filled with technology and culture, which seem to elevate us in the natural world, but when we gaze into the night sky, this truth is undeniable. Our presence in the universe is vanishingly small, and yet we are a part of something unfathomably grand.
The geological wealth of our world, including jewels and minerals, is typically considered to be quite separate from organic life. Some exceptional gemstones, however, peel away time to defy this categorization by showing us life in stone. Fossil gemstones are a captivating window into the past, formed when minerals replace the organic material of ancient creatures. In this way, the echo of a living thing which perished long ago can be enshrined in gemstone.