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Jade Maya - The Original Jade factory and Museum

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Address: 4a. Calle Oriente No. 34, Antigua 03001, Guatemala
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+502 7931 2400
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Our company has evolved as a leader in reintroducing Maya jade to the world...

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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We just happen to be walking around Antigua enjoying the sights an sounds when we stumbled upon the museum. It was wonderful. It is totally free and you get to see how they... read more

Reviewed February 8, 2016
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Reviewed February 8, 2016

We just happen to be walking around Antigua enjoying the sights an sounds when we stumbled upon the museum. It was wonderful. It is totally free and you get to see how they first discovered the jade and learn some history, such as the most expensive to the least expensive cuts. I would definitely recommend it.

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San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed January 25, 2016

This is one of the most uniquely managed factories and museums that I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Mary Lou Ridinger presented an informative talk on the amazing qualities of jade, which she and her husband Jay, discovered in Guatemalan mines in 1974. I saw in her, respect and passion for the environment, the Maya and her dedicated efforts... More 

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Reviewed January 21, 2016

Though there are other jade stores in Antigua, Jade Maya really stands out as the best as you will find not only beautiful jade pieces, but authentic representations of ancient Mayan jewelry and art such as jade masks. The owner, Mary Lou Ridinger, is an archaeologist who has devoted her profession to preserving the customs of the Mayans as you... More 

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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Reviewed January 19, 2016

Visit Jada Maya to learn from its jade museum (truly a museum), see craftsmen at work, and find a special piece of jewelry as a reminder and keepsake of your trip. The owner of Jade Maya (Mary Lou Ridinger) has literally made history discovering Guatemala's lilac jade and the unique gold-flecked galactic black jade. She employs many local Guatemalans so... More 

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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Reviewed January 19, 2016

The kind attentiveness of all who work at Jade Maya is memorable. Not only is the staff (and of course the celebrated proprietor, Mary Lou) fabulous but the pieces for sale are beautiful. I loved the stones on a book marker which was ornamented with jade but really wanted a pendant, not a book marker. So....they made the book marker... More 

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Antigua, Guatemala
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Reviewed January 19, 2016

In July of 2010 I made my first month long visit of Antigua, Guatemala, On a walking tour I had the good fortune of including a trip through, what was then called, Jade Fabrica, or Jade Factory. It is now called Jade Maya, which is appropriate because while it is a Jade Factory where you can see local talent carving... More 

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Reviewed January 18, 2016

Most impressed by the quality, history and re-discovery of Jade in Guatemala explained beautifully at JadeMaya. The factory section and store are highlights of the visit to this unique place in Antigua.

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San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
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Reviewed January 18, 2016

In my studies of Mexican culture I learned that jade was the most valued stone for the Aztec people but none was found in Mexico. Mary Lou Ridinger, an American archeologist found the source for the jade so prized by the Aztecs in Guatemala, as she told me on my first visit to her store. Today her shop Jade Maya... More 

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Bonners Ferry, Idaho, United States
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Reviewed January 18, 2016

On our recent trip to Guatemala we visited Jade Maya and experienced a sensory delight and extremely interesting educational experience. The history of this gemstone is fascinating and the history of jade in Guatemala is amazing! I had no idea!!! You can see the artist/carvers working jade, and several galleries describe the importance jade had for the ancient Maya people.... More 

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Reviewed January 6, 2016

We attended the info tour of the Jade factory and we were informed about Jade in ways we never knew before.

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