Founded in 1955
The company Canto Goldsmith and Jeweller was founded in 1955 by my parents Hans Jürgen Canto and Dorothee Canto.
As I child, I grew up playing with precious stones as well as observing how my father worked and once I was old enough to embark on my own journey I decided to study Fine Arts ‘specializing in Metal Technology’ at the Stellenbosch University. Some years after that I went to Germany to pursue my masters in goldsmithing, and it was there were I met my wife Simone Canto.
Simone learned the profession in Germany. After she finished her exams, we took over the company from my parents in 2003. Simone and I complement each other very well in finding answers for artistic as well as for technical questions. “It is very special to be able to work together in creative processes.”