Malak Atut is the "Chief Sparkle Maker" at ZAIKEN Jewelry. Malak lives, perceives, and creates within "the beauty of contrast".
Prior to making the crossover to fine jewelry design she worked in the hospitality industry and from there moved with grace to a successful career in consulting/professional services. The designer fortuitously spent her first paycheck on a piece of jewelry that she had made. 16 years after she spent that first paycheck she is still investing in and designing jewelry.
ZAIKEN Jewelry is inspired by the individual, their different sides and the roles they play. The designs successfully execute a modern spin on timeless elegance. The innovative designs combine unexpected gems, color palettes and surprising details. The jewelry translates into something that can add a welcome pop to business attire or casual dress and is worn equally at home or to a cocktail party. Every piece is thoughtfully created to provide something unique for women going anywhere and everywhere.
Malak proudly creates all her jewelry in New York City, working with talented craftsmen and women who assist in realizing her vision from her mind and making it into reality.
In 2016 Malak was awarded the Women's Jewelry Association Dazzle Diva Award, for Best in Daywear/Business Wear. She has also been acknowledged by industry experts in her repeat nominations for the Award for Excellence in Design by the international Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA). Malak's work has been widely featured in W Magazine, Veranda, Elle, INDESIGN Magazine, The Huffington Post, WWD, The Jewellry Editor, TJF Trend Book, the World Gold Council, and media outlets including ABC News, The Today Show, and People Style Watch, amongst others. Malak is also committed to giving back to her industry; she has served as Vice President and President of the Contemporary Jewelry Design Group, and is currently serving on the board of the Women’s Jewelry Association Foundation.
Malak resides in Northern New Jersey with her husband and two adorable sons. When she isn't in her Manhattan design studio, she can be found cheering on the soccer field, cooking up a family meal or working through the Sunday New York Times Magazine puzzle page.