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. See Jade Maya - The Original Jade factory and Museum and all Antigua has to offer by arranging your trip with our Antigua trip planner .
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  • Received a brief presentation, cup of tea or coffee then preceded into the factory. Several craftsman were grinding, sanding and polishing various jade pieces. At the end we had the opportunity to see...  more »
  • Shop (point of departure tour) with view of the processing and sale of jade ... Nice but a bit touristy.
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  • Mary Lou Ridinger and her husband devoted much of their life's work to convince the authorities that jade existed in Guatemala. They set up this jade museum/workshop to promote the authentic jade whic...  more »
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  • This is Well worth a visit. It is historic, informative, exquisite and authentic. THE founder is often on hand and her passion is contagious! TAKE A TOUR with one of the many knowledgeable staff and be transported into ancient Mayan Culture.
  • I end up spending a LOT of money, careful tour guy wants to sell you everything
  • Jade guaranteed to be genuine and the little tour explaining jade and its significance to the Mayans was pretty neat.
  • 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.
  • Great place to learn and fall in love with jade

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