Titled “Mad Love”, the pair’s second collaboration celebrates the power of radical, authentic and inclusive love.
Bali-based luxury artisan jeweller John Hardy has unveiled its second design collaboration with activist and model Adwoa Aboah. This relationship actually began when Aboah was selected as the face of John Hardy’s campaign, and has lasted for the past four years. In 2018, Aboah channeled her interest in jewelry and unique styles into their first collaborative venture, the AA x JH capsule collection. Evolving Aboah’s role from muse to design partner for the second time, John Hardy presents “Mad Love”.
“Mad Love” articulates what is at the heart of Aboah’s philosophy of self-expression: a passionate acceptance of oneself and others, flaws and all. Through hands-on design sessions, Aboah and the John Hardy design team translated this inspiration into a 14-piece collection that combines the jeweller’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.
Aboah incorporated the brand’s Classic Chain into the collaborative collection to reflect her personal devotion to the iconic design, which in “Mad Love” manifests as super-fine links. The playful heart shape is a nod to Aboah’s multiple heart tattoos, and embodies her co-existing power and vulnerability. Based on 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 the fluid juxtaposition of strength and spontaneity of love, while providing character and an edge that is synonymous with both Aboah and John Hardy.
The collection comes in seven distinct designs, each available in reclaimed 14K gold or sterling silver. Collectively, they are representative of Aboah’s trademark penchant for layering and stacking statement pieces. Naturally, every piece within the collection is wonderful on its own or together.