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 should benefit as much as the eventual wearer.
For us, integrity is about doing the right thing in all corners of our business: responsible sourcing, artisanal craftsmanship, sustainable packaging and commitment to empower women in mining are all aspects that distinguish our brand.
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.
Our broader mission is to fuel a global supply of responsibly-produced minerals and gemstones. Furthermore, we are committed to a wider effort aimed at improving mine site operations through capacity building and investment in safer, more productive equipment. Learn more about our recent programme launched in Africa.
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.
Supporting Women in Mining
Mining is a male-dominated industry. But the number of talented women in mining is growing.
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. 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.
The grant finances special safer equipment and a three-month training programme teaches the women how to use it. The programme aim 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. Learn more about the programme.
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.