AGTA Spectrum Awards 2023

Fantasia Aquamarine Ring


During the 2023 Spectrum Awards competition, the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) honored Adam Neeley with two Spectrum Awards, including; Bridal Wear – 1st Place and Best Use of Platinum Crown, for his ring design “Fantasia”.
This striking ring showcases a magnificent 12.24 carat aquamarine, from the world famous Santa Maria de Itabira mine in Minas Gerais, Brazil. This famous aquamarine source possesses a unique deeply saturated blue. Encircling this magnificent center stone are curves of platinum accented with pavé set diamonds. A suite of Akoya pearls are nestled on the interior, offering an unexpected and elegant touch. This ring is in private collection. To learn more about Adam’s jewelry design journey, visit his Bio Page: About 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.
Platinum Honors™, sponsored by Platinum Guild International (PGI), recognizes the outstanding use of platinum in colored gemstone and/or cultured pearl jewelry in the five Spectrum Awards categories and for the Platinum Honors Innovation
It’s an incredible thrill to receive these prestigious awards. Adam and his team send sincere thanks to AGTA and to our collectors for their continued support and shared love of jewelry 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.