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Jade Maya - The Original Jade factory and Museum

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Address: 4a. Calle oriente No. 34, Antigua, Guatemala
Phone Number: +502 7931 2400
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Description: Our company has evolved as a leader in reintroducing Maya jade to the...
Our company has evolved as a leader in reintroducing Maya jade to the world through the discovery, mining and working of Guatemala's fine jadeite jade. Guatemala shares with Myanmar (formerly Burma) the distinction of being one of the world's major sources of this fine stone. Jades S.A., now Jade Maya, made the decision to re-establish a jade carving industry in Guatemala and opened its doors in the 1970's and remains the largest jade operation in Central and South America. Jade Maya is a totally integrated jade company founded in 1974 by archaeologist Mary Lou Rindinger and her husband Jay Ridinger. We mine fine jadeite jade which is found mainly in Guatemala and Burma, but valued throughout the world. The source discovered and used by Jade Maya, are the same used by the Ancient Maya people of Mesoamerica. The jade is cut and polished in our factory by native Guatemalan workers who are recovering and preserving the carving traditions of their ancestors. The raw jade is transformed into pre-Columbian style museum quality replicas and exquisite handmade unique fine fashion jewelry. All finished products go directly into our showroom, wisely avoiding the middleman and providing a superior product at a superior price. Jade Maya presently has eight shops in Guatemala, our main showroom and factory is located at 4a. Calle Oriente No. 34, Antigua Guatemala, Central America.
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Reputable vendor of fine quality jade

My husband's family has lived in Antigua for generations. When they buy jade, they either buy here or from Casa de Jade. They do buy certain things from the artisan markets, but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 16, 2015
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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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Shelby, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

The tour is free with a lot of good information. The downside is you end up in the showroom. After learning about it you will want to make a purchase. I would recommend. Not the cheapest but really enjoyed.

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Antigua, Guatemala
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

With two museums inside and lectures given upon request at anytime, this is a must see location in Antigua. This is the place that re-introduced the Jade trade to Guatemala. The owner of this place is Mary Lou Ridinger, who has worked for over 35 years to preserve and expand the culture of Jade carving to the decedents of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Great place to go to understand the importance of jade in Guatemala. The owner gives an interesting presentation on her story, and bilingual staff will answer any and all questions! Beautiful jewelry and a reputable place to purchase at affordable prices. A must visit.

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Albany, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We happened into Jade Maya when we left the bus tha had brought us from our ship, the Queen Victoria, into Antigua. The owner, Mary Lou Ridinger, who is a world-renowned archeologist!, is a Texan who has lived in Antigua for 40 years. She gave a free 15 minute talk about the island, the city, and about the jade industry... More 

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015 via mobile

My husband's family has lived in Antigua for generations. When they buy jade, they either buy here or from Casa de Jade. They do buy certain things from the artisan markets, but definitely not jade jewelry or items.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

One gets a good education about the production of jade, but the store is badly over-priced. I visited the factory with a jeweler of 40 years, and he strongly recommended that we not buy anything in the store.

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Stavanger
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The information about Jade that we got when we arrived was interesting ,but the rest was a waste of time for us. We only had one day to experience Antigua,and we regret that we diden't spend most of it in the center of the city. The Jade factory is in my opinion Just a place they want to sell you... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This was a stop on our tour but, for me it was a waste of time. It was interesting to hear the story of how the source of Jade was discovered by archaeologist Mary Lou Ridinger and her husband Jay Ridinger in 1974, is the same used by the Maya people of Mesoamerica. The jade is cut and polished right... More 

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Washington, dc
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

They follow you around in an extremely uncomfortable way. The jade is pretty but simple and super expensive. It's also priced in USD which was my first clue that I could find something better elsewhere for a more reasonable price (and I did)!

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Walt Disney World, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Great place to go to! Bilingual staff will answer any and all questions! They have amazing coffee too that you can sip on as you browse the amazing store! Really cool place with lots of information! Definitely go here if you are looking for jade or to find out what your Mayan sign is!

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