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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  • Our group of two families was passing by Jade Maya and decided to stop in for the tour. We learned a lot about the different types of jade and the history of jade in Guatemala. The store has something...  more »
  • Amazing place even for just a visit! You will see how everything is made and understand how long it takes to create one great piece! Very nice things to buy! Must see!  more »
  • This is not your usual museum. It tells the story of why Jade is very important gemstone to Guatemala. The owner gives a short history of Jade discovery and how it grown to importance today. As she si...  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.
  • Very good attention. There is a free tour on jade and Mayan culture. The jewelry pieces are unique.
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  • 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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