Adwoa Aboah on Designing Jewels and Taking a Stand for Social Justice

Jewelry is personal for Adwoa Aboah. It’s a sentiment that certainly applies to most people, but it seemingly has greater resonance for the English model and bona fide It girl.

Speaking from her home in London, Aboah tells how the pieces she has amassed over the years are not mere trinkets to complement looks. Rather, they reflect her mood and personality, and act as reminders of milestones and loved ones lost. She is a jewelry devotee, a collector, and now, thanks to John Hardy, also a designer.

This passion for jewelry is clear in Mad Love, a 14-piece capsule collection that Aboah envisioned with the Bali-based fine jewelry company, her second since 2018. Debuting today, the new line consists of bracelets, necklaces, and earrings made of recycled gold or silver chain links that are woven together by local artisans. They feature openwork heart pendants modeled after Aboah’s doodles. But it isn’t romance that she is communicating here (though they’d make for chic Valentine’s Day presents). Instead, the scribbly shapes are meant to symbolize acceptance and inclusivity.


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