When our founder Emily was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 18 years old, it meant her swollen joints stopped her from being able to wear certain rings and bracelets, especially those with tricky closers. She spent hours searching for high quality jewellery that wasn't going to tarnish after just a few wears, but that was also easy to put on and comfortable to wear.
She found that the high street offered affordable pieces but were not long-lasting and then the more high-end brands ticked the quality box, but were too expensive - especially being a University student herself. So after some further research, she invested in some sterling silver beads and tools and set about making some pieces to wear. Soon she was making jewellery for family and friends who not only loved her designs, but also the ability to stack each piece.
She has finally decided to officially launch her jewellery as a business and Makai Collective was born. Alongside making her pieces available for other people online, she is passionate about spreading the awareness of invisible illnesses and making anyone living with any condition feel like they can still wear beautiful jewellery. For every piece sold, you'll be helping her make this happen.
Over on our blog we will be sharing personal stories of some inspiring women who are all living with some kind of invisible illness. Help us to spread their incredible achievements and let their voices be heard. If you personally would like to share your story, please do get in touch too.