-  OUR HISTORY -

Timeline

 

L.A. Cano is a celebrated Colombian Jewelry Brand known for its unique reinterpretations

of pre-Columbian art and artifacts discovered by the family in the late 19th Century.  


1890

 

The Cano Family's fascination with Pre-Columbian cultures began in the late 19th Century,

when Nemesio Cano uncovered important archeological sites filled

with gold treasures. His discoveries ignited a passion for collecting indigenous artifacts

that was passed on to his sons Jose and Felix and later on to his grandson Guillermo.

1900’s

 

Along with his son, Jose, the Cano family became pioneers in the conservationist movement

of Colombian heritage. They dedicate much of their life to the search

of pre-Columbian treasures and understood the historical value in such pieces. 

1929

 

Guillermo Cano,  was born in Caldas, Colombia.

He would lead the Cano’s third generation questfor Pre-Columbian heritage.

1935

 

The tradition continued through Guillermo, who was captivated at an early age

with the discovery of native burials. Nemesio, José, Félix and Guillermo Cano's

interest for indigenous cultures, eventually led them to furnish

the Gold Museum with a third of its world known collection.

1939

 

The Gold Museum collection was founded with the mission

to preserve  and protect the national archeological heritage.

1968

 

Guillermo Cano and his wife Dory de Cano opened their first Jewelry boutique in Bogota, Colombia

to share for the first time pre-Columbian reproductions casted in the same lost-wax process used by these civilizations.

1970

 

Guillermo Cano inaugurates a private museum founded to contribute to the forging

of Colombia’s national identity with over 4,000 ceramic pieces

and over 50,000 pre-Columbian carved stones collected by the Cano family. 

1973

 

The exhibition ‘From the land of El Dorado’ opens at NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY,

 Explorers Hall, at Washington D.C., displaying Cano collectionof pre-Columbian artefacts.

1975

 

The Cano families mission was to make Colombians value their national identity,  

heritage and to promote thePre-Columbian craft and culture around the world.

Cano was honored to be included in the Metropolitan Museum Shop in New York.

1979

 

National Geographic featured Cano in its GOLD, THE ETERNAL TREASURE naming him

the goldsmith who duplicates masterworks from the past thanks to his Lost-wax technique mastery.

 

1980

 

Exhibit of Cano Replicates of the Tairona and Muisca Peoples Artifacts at the California Academy of Sciences.

 

1981

 

Los Angeles Museum of Natural History displays the Cano collection amongst a $45 Million collection

the 20 most important emeralds ofthe 1980’s and astonishing pre-Columbian gold artifacts.

1987

 

Guillermo Cano was named Honorary Gold Memberof the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY.

Cano exposed the family collection in the National Geographic New York Headquarters.

 

Luis Alberto Cano, the fourth generation Cano continues the family tradition and openshis first boutique in Medellin, Colombia.

Luis Alberto is a goldsmith graduated from the prestigious GoldSchmiedeschule in Pforzheim, Germany.

1993

 

Since the 1900 the Cano family has contributed to the Gold Museum Collection bringing over

10,000 Pre-Columbian gold pieces sold to El Banco de la República.  

1997

 

Cano continues to export Colombia's Heritage, to Italy, France, Spain, USA, Mexico and Chile.

1999

 

Cano has always been a traditional choice by presidents for guests of honor or state visits.

A Cano gift highlights Colombian heritage and our Pre-Columbian cultures ancestral work. 

2001

 

Cano became the exclusive goldsmith authorized to replicatethe GOLD MUSEUM COLLECTION.

2014

 

Canowas commissioned by the British Museum to do the replicas of the master

pieces in their “Beyond El Dorado: power and gold in ancient Colombia”.

2016

 

The Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos chose Cano jewelry as the gift for Queen Elizabeth.

EDUARDO CANO, now the 5th Generation of the Cano family continues with the tradition and,  leads the international expansion.

2017

May the quest of el dorado live on

-(LUIS ALBERTO CANO )