MJSA Journal, August 2015


In the August 2015, the Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America Journal features Adam Neeley’s Vision award-winning pendant “Oceana” on their cover. The magazine details Neeley’s process creating the piece in an article entitled “Riding the Wave.”
At the 2015 MJSA Vision Awards, the Manufacturers and Jewelry Suppliers of America (MJSA) recognized Adam Neeley with two honors: First Place for Professional Design Excellence, and for Laser Distinction for his pendant entitled “Oceana”.
This pendant showcases a 2014 AGTA award–winning 32.86 carat aquamarine cut by Stephen Avery.
The gold in this piece is a signature style that Adam calls SpectraGold™, which transitions seamlessly and gradually through seven shades, from rich yellow to cool white. The pendant’s form is the result of hand forging and shaping curved layers of gold, then laser-welding them together.
To protect the hardness and finish of SpectraGold™, torch assembly was not an option; laser welding was absolutely necessary. The laser welder was also instrumental in fixing the already-set aquamarine to the center of the pendant. The diamond sections feature a fade of diamonds, from canary to white, pavé set in 14 karat white gold.
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.