MUSEUMS

Exhibitions and Collections

Adam Neeley, a master jeweler and alchemist, crafts wearable art that captivates with its uniqueness and allure. His pieces are not only collected by museums but also showcased in national exhibitions. As jewelry has gained recognition as a legitimate art form in recent years, Adam has been honored with invitations to display his work in prestigious museums around the world.

LAGUNA ART MUSEUM

Modern Alchemy: The Fusion Of Art And Nature In The Jewelry Designs Of Adam Neeley

Laguna Beach, California
February 17, 2024 – July 29, 2024

Modern Alchemy: The Fusion Of Art And Nature In The Jewelry Designs Of Adam Neeley; explores the creative working processes of innovative, award-winning jeweler Adam Neeley. Neeley combines traditional goldsmith techniques with modern technology to transform precious metals and gemstones into wearable fine art. Collaborating with world-class lapidaries, such as Stephen Avery, Neeley creates truly imaginative pieces that go beyond contemporary design into the realm of dreams and fantasy. This exhibition explores this innovative jeweler’s history and working process and includes some of the raw and faceted gems and minerals he uses.

Presented at the Laguna Art Museum, this solo exhibition features more than 100 works by the internationally recognized and award-winning jeweler Adam Neeley. Modern Alchemy explores the creative working processes, history, and innovative gold-smithing techniques through a 25 year retrospective of Neeley’s wearable fine art.

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“Adam Neeley, artist, jeweler, and alchemist, creates jewelry that is forged from an imagination stimulated by the sensuous beauty found in nature. His designs transcend the boundaries of conventional jewelry to create wearable art that is unique and intriguing. His alchemical processes combine traditional jewelry techniques with modern technology to change metals into brilliant colors, complemented by rare gemstones in a myriad of hues.”

-Timothy Adams, Curator & Jewelry Historian

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SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Akoya & South Sea Pearls, SpectraGold™ Pendant | South Sea Glow

South Sea Glow Pendant

Washington, D.C.

Adam Neeley’s pendant entitled South Sea Glow, a part of the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent collection, is the product of timeless design, innovative technique, and inspiration derived from nature’s beauty.

While living in Florence, Italy, designer Adam Neeley sketched a curvaceous form which would later become South Sea Glow Pendant. As an artist he doesn’t limit his creativity by what he knew to be possible, he simply translated his vision onto paper. Here’s what he imagined: A lustrous suite of pearls fading from a rich golden hue into white, dancing along a hand-hewn form of matching gradient gold.

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ALFIE NORVILLE GEM AND MINERAL MUSEUM

Oracle Cuprian Tourmaline Necklace

Tucson, AZ

In 2015, SITR invited Adam to design for the collection for the first time and provided him with a magnificent 17.83 carat cuprian tourmaline. This fabulous gem proved to be an enticing muse. In order to highlight the tourmaline’s vivid green color, the necklace includes a collar of green titanium encircled with undulating curves and curls of white gold set sparkling with more than 1,000 pavé-set diamonds.

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GEMOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA MUSEUM

Citrine & SpectraGold™ Pin | Inferno

Inferno Pin

Carlsbad, CA

The Gemological Institute of America (G.I.A.) Museum prominently featured works by the esteemed American Jewelry Design Council (AJDC), of which Adam Neeley has been a distinguished member since 2011. Following its debut at the Forbes Galleries in New York City in October 2013, the exhibition journeyed to the Kent State University Museum in October 2014, and subsequently to the GIA Museum in Carlsbad, CA.

“Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design by the American Jewelry Design Council” concluded its tenure at the GIA Museum in Carlsbad, CA, in February 2017. This comprehensive exhibition, which also showcased the AJDC Design Projects from 2015 (‘Fire’) and 2014 (‘Rhythm’), commenced in Carlsbad in August 2015. A notable gala opening event was held at GIA on October 8, 2015, in conjunction with the GIA Career Fair. The exhibition was accessible to the public during the GIA museum hours, attracting over 17,000 visitors during its display period.

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HEADLEY-WHITNEY MUSEUM OF ART

Stripes Pin

 Lexington, KY

In celebration of the Headley-Whitney Museum’s 50th anniversary, a special exhibition called “Convergence” was curated. The show featured work by the esteemed American Jewelry Design Council (AJDC), of which Adam has been a member since 2011. The “Convergence” exhibit displayed a noteworthy range of influences, styles, and techniques, from minimal Scandinavian design, to Art Deco, to Surrealism. Drawing on decades of design project work, curator Amy Gundrun Greene elected to display jewelry art created by AJDC artists for the following five themes: Fire, Ice, Stripes, Wave, and Transformation. Commenting on the show, editor at the Philadelphia Museum of Art David Updike observed, “one also soon discovers that each of these pieces tells a story.”

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From his Laguna Beach studio, designer and goldsmith Adam Neeley pushes the boundaries of modern jewelry design. Born a gem-lover and educated at the prestigious Gemological Institute of America and Le Art Orafe, Adam has spent his life mastering the craft and art form of jewelry making and design. As a member of the American Jewelry Design Council, Adam is honored to share his expertise and passion with the world. His award-winning jewelry is celebrated by jewelry collectors, industry authorities, including MJSA and AGTA, and the Smithsonian Institution. We invite you to learn more by visiting our About Adam and Welcome pages.