integrity from mine to market

For MAKAL, integrity is about doing the right thing in all corners of our business: responsible sourcing, artisanal craftsmanship, sustainable packaging and a commitment to empowering women in mining are all aspects that distinguish our brand’s promise.

responsible sourcing

We built MAKAL on the idea that not only will our customers take pride in owning a MAKAL piece, but those who worked hard to find the nuggets also benefit. We insist on the full traceability of all the materials in our pieces. We know the date and location of each discovery and the name of the person who found each nugget. We do all that we reasonably can to ensure that our own business activities and those of our supply chain partners respect people, communities and the environment. MAKAL follows international industry standards set by the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and our founder’s family mine in Central America from where our gold nuggets originate was the first of its kind to be fully certified. The diamonds in our collections are from RJC members and the coloured gemstones from producers that we have personally verified as having met international best practice standards. All our jewellery is set in Fairtrade certified gold and directly contributes to improving the working conditions of artisanal miners in Africa.

Our goal is for our customers and collectors to wear and treasure our MAKAL pieces with confidence in their provenance and in the positive effect they have for people and planet.

artisanal craftmanship

We believe that it is our responsibility to support the skills and creativity of true artisans, keeping the experience of centuries alive. All of our pieces are hand-made in Florence in workshops following the traditions and techniques of the ancient Florentine goldsmiths.

sustainable packaging

All the materials in our packaging are made from material certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council and every detail has been considered with environmental protection in mind.

empowering women

Mining is a male-dominated industry. But the number of talented women entrepreneurs in mining is growing and with it the benefits of the sector to workers, workplace and communities. Many of these pioneers need help to set up and run their own artisanal business and MAKAL is committed to providing personal mentoring, training in business and leadership skills, and enabling the capacity to improve working conditions and operating practices.

MAKAL is building on two decades of engagement with women-led cooperatives at our founder’s family gold concession in Honduras and designing women’s empowerment programmes in mining communities Central America and East Africa with like-minded development agencies and social enterprises.