Jewelry Brand Adolophine Is A Celebration of African Heritage: Interview

By Sydney Roseman | December 15, 2023



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Adolophine Mbaza malachite silver twisted hoop earrings PHOTO COURTESY OF ANDOLOPHINE
Adolophine Mbaza malachite silver twisted hoop earrings PHOTO COURTESY OF ANDOLOPHINE

Adolophine Lukabu Sheeley grew up surrounded by the glorious natural beauty of the African continent. It was in the streets of the city of Kinshasa that her love for craft and commerce blossomed. “The colors, sound and energy of the markets in Kinshasa are a part of my soul,” says the Congolese-born founder and CEO of her namesake fashion and home accessories line (@adolophine). As the daughter of a diplomat, Sheeley has traveled the globe and developed a deep appreciation for design and culture—one she’s decided to share with the world. Her lines explore the rich history and creativity of the African continent, boasting its natural beauty and featuring designs distinct to its numerous regions.


CEO and founder Adolophine Lukabu Sheeley; Adolophine Kongo, With Love collection Kimpa Vita Kubic studs and Georgette diamond drop gold earrings. PHOTO COURTESY OF ANDOLOPHINE
CEO and founder Adolophine Lukabu Sheeley; Adolophine Kongo, With Love collection Kimpa Vita Kubic studs and Georgette diamond drop gold earrings. PHOTO COURTESY OF ANDOLOPHINE

Sheeley’s first-ever fine jewelry collection—Kongo, With Love—is a stunning union of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary design. A true philanthropist, Sheeley’s new line benefits her home country directly. Given her commitment to quality, it comes as no surprise that the collection’s pieces are crafted only with fine materials such as 18K gold, diamonds and gemstones. Sheeley finds inspiration from different cultures and marries this with consumers who seek quality, luxury, design and intentionality.

Sheeley has deemed her newest creation “a celebration of remarkable women.” As an African growing up in America, the designer says that shared stories and history were not celebrated and uses her work to combat the myth that Black people are monolithic. Inspired by the character and creativity of the women in the Kingdom of Kongo, the collection is a celebration of diversity—something near and dear to Sheeley’s heart. Each piece in the collection is crafted to emulate a diff erent aspect of its muses. The malachite stones sourced from the earth are known for their medicinal and healing power, while the diamonds come from and pay homage to Sheeley’s village. Gold and silver are used throughout the collection as symbols of strength.

Made with the finest materials from the continent, Sheeley’s work is truly authentic, with each piece being handmade by local artisans. The unique regional charms are reflected in the different pieces, colored in shades of green. Her ability to preserve and promote the beauty of the African continent, while educating on the pain it endured, is the hallmark of Sheeley’s artistry. Her work truly is a celebration of culture, history and diversity—and her newest collection is no exception.

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