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“Not my first choice”

Jade Maya - The Original Jade factory and Museum
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Shore Excursion: Antigua Sightseeing Tour from Puerto Quetzal
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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 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.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Not my first choice”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

I visited the Jade Factory and Museum as part of a tour- had it been MY CHOICE I would not have gone.
Listened to the talk about how jade was "re discovered" by the archeologists who own the jade factory and how jade is very tied to the groups who lived in Guatemala.
It was interesting, the guy knew a lot but at the end it's a nice marketing story tied to selling a product.
Not my first choice.

Visited September 2012
Thank LorenaMP
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

Last week we visited the Jade Museum as part of a walking tour in Antigua and we were amazed! Yes, it is part of a showroom and you can (and probably will buy something) but the staff were so informative, the jewelry and sculptures so creative and experience so educational we loved it!

We learned about Jade and it's folklore, value and even mis-conceptions.

We were lucky enough to listen to Mary-Lou Ridinger speak about Jade and her adventures in the discovery. She is an ex-Pat who moved to Guatemala to discover the Guatemalan Jade deposits and has since been quoted in books, studies and even featured in National Geographic.

We bought some $35 glyphs with birthdays but also 2 jadeite are necklaces for about $500 and an amazing bracelet and earring set by Andrea Novella (for $200) an up and coming designer who was Ms Guatemala and Miss America Central (we met her too and she happens to be Mary-Lou's grand daughter).

Definitely visit but make sure you visit the authentic Jade Maya and check out the museum, workshops and showroom.

Visited August 2012
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Reviewed July 3, 2012

On 2/9/2012 my cruise ship docked in Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala. I had been to Puerto Quetzal once before, in 2011. From Puerto Quetzal I took a motor coach to the town of Antigua. A highlight of Antigua is the "Jade Museum". The museum was created in 1995 to give visitors an overview of 3,000 years of Mesoamerican jade and its importance to six different cultures in areas as far flung as Costa rica and western Guerrero, Mexico. On display are various replicas of famous pre-Columbian jade pieces such as the "Tikal Burial Mask" and the "Yax Kin". Current artists fashion jade objects as you watch and a jade item is the perfect souvenir for a visit to Guatemala.

Visited February 2012
5 Thank Dwain C
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