The history of goldsmithing in Latin America is lost in time. However, Aztecs, Mayans, Muiscas, Moches, Nazcas, Chavines and Incas left a massive trail of goldsmith technology that today amazes everyone who contemplates this goldsmith production based on gold, silver and copper.
Goldsmithing is an art that has passed from parents to children as a result of solid cultural experiences that have their origin in the mythical and religious relationships of different peoples: Mayans, Aztecs, Muiscas, Moches, Nazcas, Chavines and Incas, and that has been given by result in excellent pieces of jewellery and objects for religious use and adornment of the nobility.
This goldsmith's cultural imprint was not finished or diminished, at least in the Peruvian case, during the colony because the ancient artisans had no opposition from the Spanish coloniser, who was genuinely captivated by his art and who consumed it with care since the parts they produced were not produced in Europe.
But the story has continued for the millennial Latin American goldsmith. To give just one example, the Moches, who once reached extraordinary levels in producing gold, silver and copper ornaments, accompanied by precious and semi-precious stones, Amazonian bird feathers and corals, today have a resurgence through excellent artisans. Who have known how to add to their modern art technologies to publicise a goldsmith and jewellery that has nothing to envy to that of other latitudes.
The Latin American countries with the most significant presence in the jewellery market are Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.
The current state of contemporary Latin American jewellery and goldsmithing has excellent potential for expansion. The market remains receptive to this new proposal that has emerged strongly in Latin America because goldsmithing ensures that the indigenous legacy is not lost.