BALI – Luxury artisan jeweler John Hardy unveils its second design collaboration with activist and model Adwoa Aboah. Titled “Mad Love,” the capsule collection evolves Aboah’s role from muse to design partner. It also underscores a shared commitment to celebrating radical, authentic, and inclusive love through unapologetic individuality and meaningful human connections.
The collection’s name speaks to this foundation by articulating the heart of Aboah’s self-expression philosophy: a passionate acceptance of oneself and others, flaws and all. Through hands-on design sessions, Aboah and the John Hardy design team translated these inspirations into a 14-piece collection that combines the jeweler’s Classic Chain with symbolic hearts.
“It was important for me to work closely with John Hardy on this collection. Each design tells a meaningful story and can be given to a loved one or to yourself. I love getting jewelry for myself and the independence that it represents. Mad Love says what I can’t put into words: how much I care about that person or community. It’s my sign off for everything,” says Aboah.
The incorporation of Classic Chain reflects Aboah’s personal devotion to the iconic design, which in “Mad Love” manifests as super-fine links. The collection’s playful hearts nod to her multiple heart tattoos, which embody Aboah’s co-existing power and vulnerability. Originating from her freehand sketches and recalling the autograph on Aboah’s personal notes, each heart is wholly unique — just like its wearer. The dynamic combination of the hearts paired with structural, sinuous chain links mimics love’s fluid juxtaposition of strength and spontaneity, while providing character and edge synonymous with both Aboah and John Hardy.
“Radical inclusivity and unapologetic individuality are central to the John Hardy ethos,” explains CEO Kareem Gahed “Adwoa embodies these values through her self-expression and in how she shows up for her community. ‘Mad Love’ is a homage to that beautiful tenacity.” The collection’s signature elements appear in seven distinct designs, each available in reclaimed 14K gold or sterling silver and collectively representative of Aboah’s trademark penchant for layering and stacking statement pieces.
The Classic Chain Heart Bracelet and Classic Chain Toggle Bracelet bring love full circle and articulate its reciprocal nature. The designed-to- customize Chain Heart Necklace in 40” can be worn in multiple ways and layered with Classic Chain Foxtail Heart Necklace. Earrings include the Classic Chain Heart Stud Earrings, Classic Chain Heart Drop Earrings, and Classic Chain Set of 3 Single Stud Earring, which feature a mix-and-match of hearts and a single bar that convey the collective “bold alone, stronger together” ethos that underpins Gurls Talk, Aboah’s female-empowerment platform. (kanalbali/RLS)