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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  • Located in a market of stalls selling local crafts etc, this museum is free to go round and tells the interesting story of Jade. Jade Maya was founded in 1974 by Jay and Mary Lou Ridinger who were anx...  more »
  • Jade is an important part of Guatemala and a trip to this museum allows you to hear about the history (from one of the people behind a big find that reinvigorated the industry), see Jade being used lo...  more »
  • I had attended a seminar put on by the owner of the Museum, Mary Lou Ridinger. We then had the opportunity to tour the Museum and watch Jade being cut into jewelry size pieces. My wife purchased a bea...  more »
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  • It was amazing. We got to learn more about Jade and the different types of jade, how it's environment can effect the color and hardness. You could see the work shop where people were working on jade. They had a nice display of jade objects, and showed you how to tell the difference between real jade and substitutes. Nice experience and the jewelry was lovely.
  • A very nice place to learn about jade, the types of jade, see how jade is turned into jewelry and of course, buy fantastic necklaces, rings and ear rings.
  • 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.
  • Interesting but really trying to sell you jewelry
  • I end up spending a LOT of money, careful tour guy wants to sell you everything
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