AGTA Spectrum Awards 2023

AGTA Spectrum Awards 2023 | Dono della Valle

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During the 2023 Spectrum Awards competition, the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) honored Adam Neeley, in collaboration with Stephen Avery (cutter), with a Spectrum Award, Evening Wear – 3rd Place, for his earring design “Dono della Valle”.

These striking earrings showcase a magnificent matched pair suite of tourmaline totaling 47.47 carats and tanzanite totaling 12.58 carats, cut by master lapidary Stephen Avery. During the 2021 Cutting Edge Awards competition, the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) honored Adam Neeley with two AGTA Spectrum Awards™, including “Best Use of Color” and “3rd Place Pairs and Suites”, for the Tourmaline & Tanzanite gemstone suite.

The concept for the front of the earrings was a sleek, modern form to put gradient colors on display and allow the stones to shine. The gems vivid colors and impeccable cut proved the perfect complement to SpectraGold™, Adam’s signature color gradient material. For the back of the earrings, an unexpected treat of dazzling diamonds adorn the exterior gallery (see image below). To learn more about Adam’s jewelry design journey, visit his Bio Page: About Adam Neeley

AGTA Spectrum Awards 2023 | Dono della Valle Earrings

“It’s a dream come true to be double winner. I am so honored to have a double win in the Spectrum contest, for both the gemstones in 2021, and now the finished earrings in 2023.” – Adam Neeley

About the Award

AGTA Spectrum Awards™ entries are judged on overall beauty and wearability, innovative design, effective use of materials, quality of gemstones, quality of workmanship, broad-based consumer appeal and potential to generate positive publicity for natural colored gemstones.
It’s an incredible thrill to receive this prestigious award. Adam and his team send sincere thanks to AGTA and to our collectors for their continued support and shared love of jewelry as art.
Many of the winning pieces will be on display during the 2024 AGTA GemFair Tucson, Jan. 30–Feb. 4. The AGTA Spectrum Gala is the highlight of 2024 Gem Week festivities and will take place on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024, in the newly built addition to the Tucson Convention Center.
Judges this year included Allan Koo, A. Koo & Co.; Brent Malgarin, Elegant Gems, Ltd.; Christina Gandia Gambale, Greenwich St. Jewelers; Lika Behar, Lika Behar Jewelry; and Clayton Bromberg, Underwood’s Jewelers (Jacksonville, Fla.).

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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.