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Jade Maya - The Original Jade factory and Museum, Antigua
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Trace the 3,000 year history of jade in Mesoamerica at Jade Maya - The Original Jade factory and Museum. Learn about the two types of jade--Jadeite and Nephrite--and witness the onsite mining, cutting, and polishing of this precious stone. Founded in 1974 by archaeologist Mary Lou Rindinger and her husband, the factory now stands out as the largest jade operation in Central and South America. Having learned a little of the history of jade, browse the opulent showroom of finished pieces, from pre-Colombian, museum-quality replicas to exquisite handmade jewelry. Using our online itinerary creator, Antigua attractions like Jade Maya - The Original Jade factory and Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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Really neat store/factory/museum. Tons of jewelry to look at as well as an opportunity to see how the jade is cut, polished, and prepared for setting in jewelry. Ernesto was super helpful and helped u... read more »
We walked passed this museum and went in as we could see it was air conditioned! So glad we did as we learned about how jade was turned into beautiful jewellery. The guides were very informative and f... read more »
Worth the visit here. The first part was a free, 20 minute tour explaining how jade was discovered in Guatemala. They took us by the workers making replicas of ancient Mayan Jade artifacts, then throu... read more »
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