THE DAWN OF AlbaGold™

The Dawn of AlbaGold™
The early hours of the day are rich with inspiration for designer Adam Neeley, sparking the Dawn of AlbaGold™. Filled with form and color, dreams have been an important source of creative inspiration throughout his life. Upon waking, these visions are still near enough to capture. In the case of his newest innovation, an alloy called AlbaGold™, dawn was not just it’s timing, but also it’s topic. Adam set out to capture the beauty and warmth of a sunrise, his golden hour of inspiration, in AlbaGold™.

Becoming An Alchemist

Adam’s professional education began in California at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), but a desire to study goldsmithing in the European tradition led him to Le Arti Orafe school in Florence, Italy. Under the guidance of Gio Carbone, Adam learned a proud tradition of goldsmithing, including custom alloying.
Alloying is the process of combining pure gold with other metals. This is done in order to introduce some desired property to the resulting alloy, like color or hardness. From the very beginning, the idea of making gold captured Adam’s imagination. In America, goldsmiths often buy precious metals pre-mixed, but often in Europe the standard is to alloy in one’s own studio.

THE DAWN OF AlbaGold™

The Dawn of AlbaGold™
The early hours of the day are rich with inspiration for designer Adam Neeley, sparking the Dawn of AlbaGold™. Filled with form and color, dreams have been an important source of creative inspiration throughout his life. Upon waking, these visions are still near enough to capture. In the case of his newest innovation, an alloy called AlbaGold™, dawn was not just it’s timing, but also it’s topic. Adam set out to capture the beauty and warmth of a sunrise, his golden hour of inspiration, in AlbaGold™.

Becoming An Alchemist

Adam’s professional education began in California at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), but a desire to study goldsmithing in the European tradition led him to Le Arti Orafe school in Florence, Italy. Under the guidance of Gio Carbone, Adam learned a proud tradition of goldsmithing, including custom alloying.
Alloying is the process of combining pure gold with other metals. This is done in order to introduce some desired property to the resulting alloy, like color or hardness. From the very beginning, the idea of making gold captured Adam’s imagination. In America, goldsmiths often buy precious metals pre-mixed, but often in Europe the standard is to alloy in one’s own studio.
The Dawn of AlbaGold™

“When I’m working with molten metals, I feel like a modern day alchemist. Creating a custom alloy is a scientific process and yet the idea is still magical. ” – Adam Neeley

“When I’m working with molten metals, I feel like a modern day alchemist. Creating a custom alloy is a scientific process and yet the idea is still magical. ” – Adam Neeley

Shining Innovation

After mastering the fundamentals of standard gold and platinum alloys, Adam continued to experiment and explore the possibilities of new mixes and techniques throughout his career. This experience has helped him to understand the properties of different additive metals, insight which proved valuable when he sought to create AlbaGold™. Even so, Adam confesses this alloy took a lot of trial and error to create. After all, a great jewelry metal needs to be more than simply beautiful in color. It must also be stable, so as not to change color, castable, malleable, bendable, appropriate for forging and able to retain polish. The reward after countless hours at the bench is a fiery new alloy with all of these qualities and a stunning appearance.

“The Sky’s the Limit; alongside tourmalines or ametrines, a piece of jewelry crafted in AlbaGold™evokes the full color array present in the sky at daybreak.” – Adam Neeley

We hope AlbaGold™ inspires you! At Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry, we’re thrilled to offer this alloy exclusively. From signature alloyed metals, to world-class gemstones and award-winning design, we’re committed to creating and sharing singular and exceptional jewelry. Thank you for sharing in our passion!

Colorful Possibilities

AlbaGold™ marked a goldsmithing breakthrough, but for Adam, this is just the beginning of the story. As a designer, applications in jewelry are what truly thrill Adam. Here are a few of the ways he’s using the new color of AlbaGold™ alongside colored gems.
We hope AlbaGold™ inspires you! At Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry, we’re thrilled to offer this alloy exclusively. From signature alloyed metals, to world-class gemstones and award-winning design, we’re committed to creating and sharing singular and exceptional jewelry. Thank you for sharing in our passion!
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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.