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What does sustainable jewelry mean to us

What makes jewelry sustainable? The jewelry industry is known as a troubled one. Corruption, unethical practices and bad working conditions are unfortunately everyday’s business. But this doesn’t mean that it’s all doom and gloom. Now that sustainability has reached a broader audience in the world as a whole, the jewelry industry also benefits and sustainable jewelry brands pop up everywhere. But what is it that makes jewelry sustainable?   Sustainable jewelry as a trend Many firms and brands have noticed the added value of getting involved in sustainability and responsible choices. Being ‘sustainable’ has become a trend, but without clear guidelines as to what actually is a sustainable jewelry brand, there are almost as many standards as there are brands. While of course every littleRead more..

Every gemstone is unique – and this is how we do it

Is there anything more inspiring than observing how nature creates the most wonderful objects all by itself? Gemstones are the perfect example of the breathtaking power our world has to make unique creations. All natural, they are an artwork on themselves, and our goal with MAQÉ has always been to preserve their natural beauty and minimalist luxury. Minimalist luxury and gemstones It is a common practice for jewelers in the industry to buy large amounts of gemstones that have gone through multiple processes already. Due to their traditional pre-cutting in India or other countries they are easy to use, but most of all – they are all exactly the same. This mass production leaves no (or little) room for the unique inclusions that every gemstoneRead more..

Fair trade jewelry: what does it mean?

Fair trade jewelry: what does it mean? Choosing the right path as a jewelry brand in a world full of sustainability issues can be quite challenging. In the process of figuring out the most ethical way for producing and designing our postcool jewelry, we are open to learn new things every single day. That’s why we keep a close eye on the developments in fair trade jewelry. But what does fair trade jewelry really mean? The definition of fair trade jewelry When thinking about products with a fair trade label, ideas of sustainability in its broadest sense pop up immediately. In fact, the definition of fair trade revolves around terms like dialogue, respect, transparency and rights. There are, however, strict requirements in the Fairtrade StandardRead more..

Why ethical jewelry matters

When shopping for clothes it’s already become very natural to consider the ethics of the product you’re looking at: what materials were used, where was it made and how did it get to me? Sustainability has gained an important focus in fashion, especially after the collapse of a factory in Bangladesh in 2013 marked a turning point in how we perceive the industry. But now that we’ve got the items in our closet sorted, what about our jewelry box? This is where ethical jewelry comes into the picture, and with that, so does MAQÉ.   Ethical jewelry by MAQÉ At MAQÉ we make conscious choices. And we stimulate you to do so as well. Are you wondering what is in fact dangling around your wristRead more..

Our packaging

We have a clear view on what we stand for. This includes our eco friendly packaging choices.  All the carton and paper we use is recycled, unbleached kraft and FSC certified.  As to our knowledge most of the wrapping is thrown away almost immediately after purchase, we decided to go very minimal.  We opted for a clean, natural, unbleached box and not much more. Using recycled materials stops waste going to landfill as well as saving vast amounts of water and a surprisingly large amount of oil. Recycling 1 tonne of cardboard saves us around 9 cubic meters of landfill space, 2600 litres of water and 175 litres of oil. And, 100% recyclable after.  Inside the box our ethically made bracelets are protected by a smallRead more..

Ethically mined gemstones- How we see it

Our jewelry is all about beauty inside and out. We don’t design status pieces, we design statement pieces. Simple, understated luxury. Pure, clean, beautiful…    Ethical gemstones are central to our designs. The beauty they add to any piece of jewelry is undeniable, but we believe there’s much more to it than that. These ‘fair trade’ gemstones bring a story, an energy and a magic that is felt by those who choose to wear them. So the source of our precious stones is one of our most important considerations, and just one more reason behind our commitment to being an ethical jewelry brand. To us, it’s vital our ethical gemstones are beautiful inside, as well as out, and for that, we need to know exactlyRead more..

Why we chose to use Recycled gold and not Fairtrade

Maqé jewelry is all about purity, nature… realness. It’s inspired by the beauty of the world in which we live, and of the people living in it. Yet, we are well aware that the jewelry industry is, sadly, known to be one of the world’s tarnished.   Our mission at Maqé is therefore not only to create beautiful jewelry, but to make ethical, sustainable jewelry – honoring the very world from which it has been inspired – and using 100% recycled metal in our designs is one of the core decisions we’ve made in order to support this mission.   So, why recycled gold? Well, we’ll be very honest here; we are still trudging through the muddy waters of gem and gold mining, trying toRead more..

Our personal story

The short version! I have always found inspiration when traveling… When the kids were young we had the chance to move to Bali for a year. The Green School was something I wanted them to experience https://www.greenschool.org The diversity of incredible handcrafted artifacts I was surrounded by everyday was overwhelming. Years later when we moved to Ibiza for a year I met my partner in crime Karjan. After several drinks we soon discovered we had the same passion for creating something new, beautiful yet ethical, something close to our hearts. The idea of MAQÉ was born, an ethical jewelry brand,  yet we had no idea of the adventure and learning curve lying ahead of us. We now are proud to be able to say that weRead more..

We embrace ‘imperfection’

Just a quick read about why we prefer ethical gemstones with inclusions. Traditionally in the gemstone business stones with inclusions are considered flawed. The miners get a premium price only for the highest quality of gemstones mined. This means buyers are usually only interested in a minimal part of their findings leaving artisan miners with a great deal of ‘stock’ which they have to find a buyer for or for which they get a fraction of the price. By buying and seeing the beauty made by Mother Earth in these so called imperfections (inclusions) the miners get an increased demand for the stones they could traditionally not sell easily. To help them obtain better better wages, prices for their findings we do want exactly theseRead more..

Mining footprint

Mining has always been quite a dirty business, not only the working conditions, corruption and the compensation but also the environmental footprint it has left behind in most countries where gemstones are found. There are different kinds of mining, most people think of coal mines when they think of mining. But many stones are found just beneath the surface or in a superficial ‘nerve’ crossing the land. Especially the first kinds leaves behind a mine field full of potholes making the land unsuitable for agricultural use as seen in the picture below.   Our mission is to create ethical jewelry by only using stones which have a minimal environmental impact. This is a bottle neck as most stones are mined in third world countries whereRead more..