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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  • This is a great place to spend time! The archaeologist who found jade in Guatemala owns the store. I met her and spoke with her. She is passionate about jade and treats her staff well; from what they ...  more »
  • I was fortunate enough to visit the Jade Maya, on an afternoon when the founder was there. Her story about finding the mine and promoting it as a business opportunity for her community was fascinating...  more »
  • This was a cool stop on our trip through Antigua. They provide a Free tour and history lesson (in perfect English if you require). Really interesting facts about Jade, where it comes from, how they fi...  more »