Responsibly Sourced Gold
Inspired by the beauty of natural gold nuggets, MAKAL’s founder, Daniela Colaiacovo, made a commitment to honour their raw organic form through truly responsible jewellery craftsmanship.
Her family mine in Central America was the first of its kind to be fully certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council for its ethical and sustainable mining practices, and it was from these nuggets that MAKAL’s first collection was born.
Today, to meet demand, MAKAL’s nuggets are sourced from their partner’s known and trusted mines in Canada. All materials are sourced in line with the requirements of their Supplier Code of Conduct, which includes their commitment to uphold a range of environmental and social standards.
Empowering Women In Mining
Daniela Colaiacovo, Makal’s Co-Founder, made a commitment to empowering women when she first founded the MAKAL brand. This includes empowering women in artisanal mining communities to use more sustainable mining methods for a healthier and safer environment.
In 2020, MAKAL invested in mercury reduction efforts targeting the female work force at eight Artisanal Small Scale Mining groups in Kenya through their partnership with The Impact Facility for Sustainable Mining Communities.
In early 2021, MAKAL announced a new project working with The Impact Facility and the young mining engineer, Candice. MAKAL will be mentoring Candice’s progress as she contributes to a sustainability initiative to reduce the impact of mercury exposure in Kenyan small-scale gold mining.