Learn About Diamonds and Colored Gemstones 2018-08-22T08:54:46+00:00

Learn About Diamonds and Colored Gemstones

World-class diamonds and colored gemstones are at the heart of Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry. We’re eager to share our knowledge and passion with you.
World-class diamonds and colored gemstones are at the heart of Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry. We’re eager to share our knowledge and passion with you.
Your Expert Gemstone Guide

Since childhood, gemstones have captured Adam Neeley’s curiosity. That passion remains as strong as ever today. Adam trained to be a Graduate Gemologist (GG) at GIA and has had more than 20 years of gemstone buying experience. As such, Adam is skilled at sourcing high quality diamonds and gemstones with ideal cuts, as well as advising clients on fair pricing. What’s more, Adam celebrates innovative stone cutting, beautiful specimens, and rare gems in his designs. You can be sure that your diamonds and colored gemstones will look their best in Fine Art Jewelry.

Choosing the Right Diamond for an Engagement Ring

First of all, we believe that great decisions start with knowledge. As you begin to shop for a diamond for your engagement ring, we highly recommend GIA as a source of diamond education. Visit their website or use the interactive tool below to learn about the 4 Cs of diamond grading.

Diamond Buying Guidance from Adam Neeley

Do you still have questions about finding the right diamond for your engagement ring or other diamond jewelry? Are you ready to begin shopping for a diamond with Adam Neeley’s expert support? We’re happy to help! Click below to send us a message. If you’d prefer a phone call, see our Laguna Beach gallery’s contact details for business hours and phone number.

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A Passion For Colored Gemstones

To access the finest gems, Adam has spent decades cultivating relationships with the best colored gemstone traders. This allows the Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry team to call on trusted sources to supply the perfect gemstones to suit every design imaginable. This includes rare gemstones, sapphire, tourmaline, fantasy-cut gemstones, and phenomenal gemstones, so named for their dazzling light phenomena.

“My journey as a jeweler began with rock collecting and stone cutting. As a designer and goldsmith, I still marvel at the beauty of the gemological world. Seeking out the finest examples of natural gemstones from around the globe thrills me. I love the treasure hunt.” – Adam Neeley
“My journey as a jeweler began with rock collecting and stone cutting. As a designer and goldsmith, I still marvel at the beauty of the gemological world.” – Adam Neeley
Rare Gemstone Jewelry

Rare Gemstones present an exciting design opportunity for Adam. The unique specimens seen in Lotus Pendant and Winter Garden Pendant are the exotic sisters of a well-known material, quartz. Iris Ring demonstrates how top-quality gemstones, in this case garnet, should be considered in a category all their own. The enchanting neon glow of Aria Ring is a shining example of why rare Paraíba Tourmaline is valued even greater than diamonds.

Rare Gemstone Jewelry
Sapphire Jewelry

Sapphires are easy to love. Most people think of blue, when they hear sapphire. Indeed, intense blue sapphires are prized, but sapphire, also known as corundum, may be found in a rainbow of colors. The exception is red; when corundum is red, the material is called a ruby instead. Sapphires are as sturdy as they are elegant. For this reason, sapphires make a great choice for engagement rings, including designs with tension settings, like Sonata ring.

Sapphire Jewelry
Tourmaline Jewelry

Its wide variety of vibrant and attractive colors make tourmaline an exciting gem, beloved to Adam. When blue, blue-green, or blue-purple the jewel is known as indicolite tourmaline and the red-pink range is called rubellite tourmaline. Tourmaline even occurs in special varieties which seem to glow, like Paraíba tourmaline or other copper-bearing examples like the green tourmaline in Oracle necklace.

Fantasy Cut Gemstone Jewelry

Adam is honored that some of the most celebrated stone cutters in the lapidary industry have become friends over the years. As a result, Adam enjoys early and exclusive access to some of the most exceptional cut gemstones in the world.

Tourmaline Jewelry

Munsteiner Gemstone Jewelry

Atelier Munsteiner is a multi-generational German lapidary house world renowned for their innovative colored gemstone cutting techniques. Among many distinctions, Bernd Munsteiner is credited with inventing the Fantasy Cut. Today, Bernd’s son Tom continues this dazzling legacy, heading the family’s Atelier and training his son to continue this incredible work. Please contact us if you’re interested in Munsteiner gemstone jewelry.

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I’d Like to Own Munsteiner Gemstone Jewelry
Munsteiner Gemstone Jewelry

Atelier Munsteiner is a multi-generational German lapidary house world renowned for their innovative colored gemstone cutting techniques. Among many distinctions, Bernd Munsteiner is credited with inventing the Fantasy Cut. Today, Bernd’s son Tom continues this dazzling legacy, heading the family’s Atelier and training his son to continue this incredible work. Please contact us if you’re interested in Munsteiner gemstone jewelry.

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Stephen Avery Gemstone Jewelry

When it comes to gemstone cutting, the touch of a master cannot be taught. Stephen Avery’s work is an outstanding example of how that touch transforms a technical task into an art form. Avery’s distinctive cuts in tourmaline, aquamarine, golden beryl, garnet, and tanzanite, elevate high quality raw material to world class cut stones.

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Stephen Avery Gemstone Jewelry

When it comes to gemstone cutting, the touch of a master cannot be taught. Stephen Avery’s work is an outstanding example of how that touch transforms a technical task into an art form. Avery’s distinctive cuts in tourmaline, aquamarine, golden beryl, garnet, and tanzanite, elevate high quality raw material to world class cut stones.

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Phenomenal Gemstone Jewelry

“Phenomenal” is the name given to a special class of gemstones that play with light in unexpected ways. These effects are magical to behold. Ocellius Earrings with Ethiopian opal show rainbow flashes called “play of color.” Lumiere Ring‘s sunstone shimmers with Aventurescence, glittering inclusions with a metallic shine. A gem which exhibit Asterism seems to have multi-pointed star of light dancing across its surface, as seen in Cosmos Ring‘s Star Sapphire. Moonstones achieve a magical effect called Adularescence when the stones’ layers reflect and scatter light, as seen in Adam’s Spectra Earrings. The moonstones in Killer Cufflinks exhibit a different optical quality, called Chatoyancy or “Cat’s Eye”, in which a luminous band winks along a gem’s surface. Ember Pendant‘s colorful Ammolite exhibits Iridescence, which occurs when light is broken into a full or partial spectrum of color.

Phenomenal Gemstone Jewelry
LEARN MORE ABOUT DIAMONDS AND COLORED GEMSTONES

When it comes to exploring the world of gemstones, we leave no stone unturned. The following are recent articles from our blog about diamonds and colored gemstones, which we hope will be interesting and inspiring for any gemstone lover.