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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  • Loved the explanation and history of the discovery of Guatemalan jade. The presentation was just the right length of time and there were only the four of us during the tour. The craftsmanship is spect...  more »
  • This proved to be a good experience. The information about how jade was discovered in Guatamala then mined and prepared for sale was excellent and the jade products excellent. As refreshments were inc...  more »
  • My wife and I recently returned from a Holland America cruise during which we visited the Jade Maya Museum and store. We purchased a pair of earrings but wanted a larger back. The salesperson said it ...  more »
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  • Very cool place. Great story of American archeology couple that founded the place in the 70's and discovered the countries Jade past. Even the Chinese go there for the Jade.
  • Interesting place to learn about this valuable stone, their history and how they made it, the place is a concept of Museum, factory and jewelry shop to see. 5 star if it were more affordable to buy since the stone is extremely expensive.
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