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.
MAKAL was built on the idea that those who worked so hard to discover and connect us with the natural gemstones, gold nuggets and precious metals that make each piece so special should benefit as much as the wearer.
We only source responsibly produced materials and pay scrupulous attention to our supply chain to ensure that our business partners reflect our respect of people, communities and the environment.
MAKAL follows the international industry standards set by the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and are proud to participate in the Gemstone and Jewellery Community Platform. Our founder’s family mine in Central America, from where we first sourced gold nuggets, was the first of its kind to be fully certified. Our other suppliers are subject to our internal due diligence to ensure they are aligned with our environmental and social values. The diamonds in our collections are from RJC members and the coloured gemstones from producers that we have personally verified as meeting the highest industry standards. All our jewellery is set in Fairtrade certified gold and directly contributes to improving the working conditions of artisanal miners in South America and Africa.
Our goal is for our customers and collectors to wear and treasure our MAKAL pieces with confidence, knowing that every piece of our jewellery is responsibly sourced and positively impacting to people and planet.
All of our pieces are hand-made in Florence in workshops following the traditions and techniques of the ancient Florentine goldsmith community. We believe it is our responsibility to support the skill and creativity of true artisans, to do our part in keeping the art of craftmanship alive.
All materials in our packaging are eco-friendly. The boxes are made from paper certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council and every detail has been considered with environmental protection in mind.
Mining is a male-dominated industry. But the number of talented women in mining is growing; many of them need help to set up and run their own artisanal businesses. MAKAL is committed to empowering women in mining by providing personal inspiration, training in business and leadership skills and improving working conditions.
In 2020, MAKAL has invested in mercury reduction efforts targeting the female work force at eight Artisanal Small Scale Mining groups in Kenya through our partnership with Impact Facility for Sustainable Mining Communities (www.impactfacility.com). This charity is dedicated to connecting jewelers with mining communities, to channel grants and social loans for improving rural businesses in Africa and South America. This will in turn help to drive the global supply of responsibly – produced minerals and gemstones.
The programme aims to provide women miners who are processing gold using mercury with equipment that will significantly reduce toxic mercury exposure and emissions during the gold amalgamation process. The grant finances the equipment provided and a three-month training programme teaches the women how to use it. The programme also educates the miners about the dangers of mercury to people and the environment. This programme is part of MAKAL’s wider effort to improve mine site operations through capacity building and investment in safer, more productive equipment. Learn more about the programme.