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Jade Maya - The Original Jade factory and Museum

4a. Calle oriente No. 34, Antigua, Guatemala
+502 7931 2400
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Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Windsor, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

On a shore excursion to Antigua, Guatemala we stopped at the JadeMaya, which is the original jade factory and archaeology museum; obviously there are items you can purchase there as well as see a large collection of ancient jade pieces. Knowing very little about jade, I was amazed to see the beautiful jade jewelry pieces and enjoyed the presentation of... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Don't forget your credit card! Small place with some small displays. Not much else in Antigua. Recommended for a short visit. MeuterMedia

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Roatan Island, Honduras
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I loved the tour of the facility and the staff was well informed, friendly and very helpful. The Jade is just beautiful and to see how it can be crafted into so many different pieces is quite interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Very interesting had a large group and all had fun. Very good prices. Large range of price.. would advise visiting when in Antigua Guatemala.

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Hope Valley, Rhode Island
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We hired a tour guide to show us around the city. He took us to the Jade factory. It was beautiful and interesting, but completely geared around sales. We were a group of 10 people and once led into the showroom were surrounded by a large staff asking us questions and pushing sales.

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

There are no genuine artifacts here. They have an interesting explanation and display of the significance of jade to the ancient Maya culture, but this is basically a big jewelry store of modern jewelry.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Be sure to walk all the way through to the back of this multi-roomed store and museum. Of course the display cases with items for sale are up front, but what awaits in the back areas are of amazing quality and historical interest. The staff members were all friendly and very accommodating. We purchased a lovely pair of earrings that... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Part of our walking tour, but an interesting stop. The staff in the jewelry store are very professional and accommodating without being pushy. We returned to do more shopping later in the week because of their service!

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I was surprised how much I enjoyed this place. We passed by it numerous times and finally went in.. Very informative and fun. Be sure to watch the short film too. Granted they urge you to shop as well but it's a business not a public service and if you feel you can save $5 by searching it on Amazon... More

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Olmito, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

It seems as though every Jade store in Antigua has some type of museum. One is worth the visit, while two is a waste of your time. Make no mistake, I leaned from my experience and am glad I visited. However, it is very easy to be on Jade overload very quickly. I do not like that this tour (as... More

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