Ombre pendant 2018 MJSA

MJSA Vision Awards 2018

During their 2018 MJSA Vision Awards jewelry competition, the Manufacturers and Jewelry Suppliers of America (MJSA) recognized Adam Neeley with the honor of First Place Winner – Professional Design Excellence for his pendant entitled “Ombre”.
This extraordinary pendant showcases a 25.39 ct bi-color tourmaline which fades from emerald green to blue, accented with canary diamonds transitioning into white diamonds. When award-winning lapidary Stephen Avery presented Adam with this dramatic tourmaline, inspiration struck. “It’s completely eye clean,” Adam describes, “and the color makes a vivid transition from blue to green. Stephen did an amazing job on the cut, which has long facets that run through it vertically and don’t take away from the transition.”
The concept behind his design was using a sleek, modern form to put gradient colors on display, both in stone and in precious metal. This gem’s vivid colors and impeccable cut proved the perfect complement to SpectraGold™, Adam’s signature color gradient material. “This was the most minimal of the designs. I wanted to get the eye to focus in on the subtle color gradients,” Though simple enough to say, the fabrication of this pendant, which maintains perfect ombré effect without evidence of a seam required the delicate and labor-intensive creation of SpectraGold™, followed by flawless technical execution.
We’re honored by the recognition from MJSA during this year’s Vision Awards, especially because of the illustrious panel of judges which selected the winners. These judges included:
Alan Revere, founder and director of the Academy of Jewelry Arts;
Klaus Kutter, jewelry designer and founder of A Jour Jewelry;
Michelle Graff, editor-in-chief of National Jeweler magazine;
Jim Grahl, owner of J. Grahl Design; and
Michael Coan, chair emeritus of the jewelry-design department at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).
We send our gratitude to MJSA and to this year’s judges for this honor! For more on the 2018 Vision Awards, visit MJSA’s website for their announcement of the winners, including Ombré pendant.

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From his Laguna Beach studio, designer and goldsmith Adam Neeley pushes the boundaries of modern jewelry design. His award-winning jewelry is celebrated by jewelry industry authorities, collectors, and the Smithsonian Institution. We invite you to learn more by visiting our About Adam and Welcome pages.
Stephen Avery is the lapidary artist responsible for this brilliant gemstone cut. His distinctive and innovative cutting style is an inspiration to Adam and gemstone lovers everywhere. Learn more about Avery on our blog.
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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. A marriage of rigorous training and intuition allow Avery to understand the potential of a raw material. His imagination guides exquisite cuts to reveal captivating forms. Read more in an article on Stephen Avery posted to our blog.
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