As he cel­e­brates turn­ing 70, DC jewelry icon Jorge Adeler con­tin­ues to look for­ward, and se­lects his fa­vorite pieces for spring.


Like a charis­matic politi­cian, there’s some­thing en­tranc­ing in the elo­quent way Jorge Adeler dis­cusses gems. The 70-year-old hus­band, father (his busi­ness part­ners are his daugh­ters, Wendy and Valentina), and grand­fa­ther com­pares gems first to idyl­lic sun­sets (free yet in­valu­able), then to women (each unique in her own way). He calls pre­cious stones works of both art and na­ture and sug­gests they’re a metaphor for life (know what you want, work hard at it, and have faith that a bor­ing rock may hide some­thing fan­tas­tic).

“Faith, art, mu­sic, and jewelry—these are the things that touch our souls,” says Adeler. After im­mi­grat­ing to the US from Ar­gentina, he be­gan hand­craft­ing pa­per­weights and book­ends from freshly mined gems, be­fore adding one-ofa-kind jewelry and open­ing Adeler Jewelers in 1975. His spe­cialty is cre­at­ing pieces that re­flect the wearer on a deeply per­sonal level.

To­day, Adeler con­tin­ues to per­fect his art, with over 500 cus­tom pieces each year and a client list that in­cludes Bergdorf Good­man, Saks Fifth Av­enue, Bloomingdale’s, and the elite of DC and Hol­ly­wood. At least once a year, he trav­els to the mines to meet with the min­ers and buy raw gems, brings them back to his shop, and turns mere stones into jewelry wor­thy of roy­alty. “To be able to in­ter­pret a gem,” Adeler says, “you have to know where they come from.” 772 Walker Road, Great Falls, 703-7594076; adel­er­jew­el­

Raw to riches: When master jew­eler Jorge Adeler (ƚƛƨƯƞ) cre­ates pieces, he lets the gems tell him how they should be set. ƟƫƨƦ ƭƨƩ: Adeler wanted the 22.87-carat cleaved rock-crys­tal quartz to sparkle among the di­a­monds in these 18k white-gold ear­rings...

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