MJSA Journal, August 2018
In August 2018, MJSA Journal featured their annual Vision Award recipients. In an article “Maximizing Minimalism” writer John Shanahan explores and applauds Adam Neeley’s award-winning Ombré Pendant. Earlier in the year, MJSA awarded Adam Neeley two honors: First Place Winner – Professional Design Excellence and First Place Winner – Laser Distinction for this enchanting pendant design.
From the article: “Many jewelers know the feeling: you see an amazing stone, and the inspiration is almost instant. I have to make something with that! With Adam Neeley’s Ombré Pendant, the stone that acted as his muse was a 25.39 carat bi-color tourmaline cut by renowned lapidary Stephen Avery. Neeley instantly saw how well the stone’s subtle top-to-bottom shift in tone from a deep aqua blue to a lush green would work set against the same effect in his own multi-hued SpectraGold.
Considering that the Ombré Pendant is just 17/8 inch x 3/4 inch x 3/8 inch, there’s a lot for the eye to take in in such a small space. And that’s part of the plan. “The effect I was going for was a piece that is delicate but strong,” Neeley says. “When you look closely, you realize how much is going on.” It’s the effect of bringing in the power of laser welding to put maximum artistic impact into a minimal—and truly beautiful—space.”