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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  • They had some lovely jade, priced high, but it felt very touristy. (Perhaps because it appears to be a stop on guided tours?) If one wants to purchase a piece of jade, they certainly have a huge selec...  more »
  • Visited Jade Maya Museum as part of an excursion to Antigua from Oceania Cruise Ship Marina. Our guide for the entire excursion was Moises Aroldo Sican Pelen. He made the whole day be the best excursi...  more »
  • We went to Jade Maya as part of an organized tour, but at the end of the day everything just felt a little forced. I wasn’t pleased to not know how jade gets from a rough rock to a polished gem. It se...  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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