Daniela Colaiacovo

Daniela Colaiacovo

Daniela Colaiacovo founded MAKAL in 2018 after two decades pioneering the world’s first mining business to produce fully traceable gold from ethical operations and women-run cooperatives. She led the way with zero-waste extraction, chemical-free processing and a business model that included local artisanal miners as equal business partners. Mining as a positive force for community development is in the DNA of the MAKAL brand. Daniela Colaiacovo founded MAKAL in 2018 after two decades pioneering the world’s first mining business to produce fully traceable gold from ethical operations and women-run cooperatives. She led the way with zero-waste extraction, chemical-free processing and a business model that included local artisanal miners as equal business partners. Mining as a positive force for community development is in the DNA of the MAKAL brand. Daniela Colaiacovo founded MAKAL in 2018 after two decades pioneering the world’s first mining business to produce fully traceable gold from ethical operations and women-run cooperatives. She led the way with zero-waste extraction, chemical-free processing and a business model that included local artisanal miners as equal business partners. Mining as a positive force for community development is in the DNA of the MAKAL brand. Daniela Colaiacovo founded MAKAL in 2018 after two decades pioneering the world’s first mining business to produce fully traceable gold from ethical operations and women-run cooperatives. She led the way with zero-waste extraction, chemical-free processing and a business model that included local artisanal miners as equal business partners. Mining as a positive force for community development is in the DNA of the MAKAL brand. Daniela Colaiacovo founded MAKAL in 2018 after two decades pioneering the world’s first mining business to produce fully traceable gold from ethical operations and women-run cooperatives. She led the way with zero-waste extraction, chemical-free processing and a business model that included local artisanal miners as equal business partners. Mining as a positive force for community development is in the DNA of the MAKAL brand. Daniela Colaiacovo founded MAKAL in 2018 after two decades pioneering the world’s first mining business to produce fully traceable gold from ethical operations and women-run cooperatives. She led the way with zero-waste extraction, chemical-free processing and a business model that included local artisanal miners as equal business partners. Mining as a positive force for community development is in the DNA of the MAKAL brand. Daniela Colaiacovo founded MAKAL in 2018 after two decades pioneering the world’s first mining business to produce fully traceable gold from ethical operations and women-run cooperatives. She led the way with zero-waste extraction, chemical-free processing and a business model that included local artisanal miners as equal business partners. Mining as a positive force for community development is in the DNA of the MAKAL brand. Daniela Colaiacovo founded MAKAL in 2018 after two decades pioneering the world’s first mining business to produce fully traceable gold from ethical operations and women-run cooperatives. She led the way with zero-waste extraction, chemical-free processing and a business model that included local artisanal miners as equal business partners. Mining as a positive force for community development is in the DNA of the MAKAL brand. Daniela Colaiacovo founded MAKAL in 2018 after two decades pioneering the world’s first mining business to produce fully traceable gold from ethical operations and women-run cooperatives. She led the way with zero-waste extraction, chemical-free processing and a business model that included local artisanal miners as equal business partners. Mining as a positive force for community development is in the DNA of the MAKAL brand.

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OUR STORY

MAKAL was founded in 2018.  It was built on two decades of pioneering the world’s first mining business to produce fully traceable gold from ethical operations and women-run cooperatives. MAKAL’s founder, Daniela Colaiacovo, led the way with zero-waste extraction, chemical-free processing and a business model that included local artisanal miners as equal business partners. Mining as a positive force for community development is in the DNA of the MAKAL brand.


DANIELA COLAIACOVO

I was a rare woman in the gold mining industry. Working at my family’s mine in Central America, I saw the potential of the gold nuggets they yielded.  I could see the beauty of these naturally occurring formations of solid gold – shaped by weather and gravity – while others just melted them down.

Watching the nuggets being lifted by hand from the clear waters of the Mayan river, I knew then that one day I would place them at the heart of an exquisite jewellery range. I was inspired by Mayan civilisation, so based the name MAKAL on an ancient river at the heart of that tradition. Passionate about art and design, I have used premium Italian craftsmanship drawn from my own heritage, to enhance the raw beauty of the nuggets with pure precious materials and gemstones and beautiful contemporary designs.

This is the perfect time for MAKAL and the time is right for me to launch it. I have established a truly ethical and sustainable business, based on my beliefs and principles. MAKAL is not an exercise in clever branding, to exploit the fashion for sustainability. It is built on years of credibility and integrity, to bring fine jewellery to the genuinely discerning, principled and individualistic customer.