Colombia is a privileged country in natural reserves of precious metals and stones. Is one of the main producers of gold in South America, and the only one with exploitation of Platinum.

The mining tradition of the country dates back to pre-Colombian times with the ancestral cultures using the gold as the metal to produce pieces of jewelry and ornaments. Since then, this position has passed from generation to generation and today occupies an important line in our country´s economy.

Antioquia – Medellín

Antioquia has always been a region rich in gold, but only during the nineteenth century increased the extraction of the metal and released the gold trade .With this measure foundry officials houses disappeared inherited from the colonial era, and the smelting of metals acquired a private nature. Several smelting houses were built during the nineteenth century, but only the Casa de Fundicion y Ensayes Julian Vasquez e Hijos, now C. I. J. Gutierrez y Cia. S.A. has continued to provide services without interruption, constituting a tradition that has over one hundred thirty years. During the XX and XXI century other foundries and international gold trading have been created, but C. I. J. Gutierrez y Cia. S. A. continues to occupy the first places in the purchase of gold, smelting and subsequent export.