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…    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 stones 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 stones are beautiful inside, as well as out, and for that, we need to know exactly where they are comingRead 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… Inspired by travel, when living in Bali I was inspired by all the incredible handcrafted artifacts I was surrounded by everyday. It would only be years later that I would run into Karjan on Ibiza. After several drinks we soon discovered we had the same passion for creating something new, something close to our hearts. The idea of MAQÉ was born 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 we have found more than one reliable ethical gemstone supplier and a fantastic contact who helps us with the production of our ethical jewelry line. But above all, we could not have managed without our dearRead more..

We embrace ‘imperfection’

Just a quick read about why we select stones mostly 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 (in these gemstones) the miners get an increased demand for the stones they could traditionally not sell easily. To help them better better wages, prices for their findings we do want exactlyRead 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..