Where dreams intercede, Neeley glimpses the purest manifestations of his aesthetic. While living in Florence, Italy, Adam woke from a vivid dream to take down a captivating design. Adam didn’t limit his creativity by what he knew to be possible, he simply translated the vision onto paper. Here’s what he imagined: A lustrous suite of pearls fading from a rich golden hue into purest white, dancing along a hand-hewn form of matching gradient gold. This fantasy would become the pendant design South Sea Glow, an international award-winner that was inducted into the Smithsonian Institution in 2013. However, before this ambitious project was possible, metal-smithing innovation was needed to create what he’d envisaged.