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Jade Maya - The Original Jade factory and Museum

4a. Calle Oriente No. 34, Antigua 03001, Guatemala
+502 7931 2400
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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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4a. Calle Oriente No. 34, Antigua 03001, Guatemala
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a interesting visit learning about the difference qualities of Jade and the history of its discovery. Attached is a gift shop to buy Jade Souvenirs and others of your visit at a reasonable price. Coffee, jewelry, statues.... Bought a few Maya symbol necklaces and...More

Thank Brian V
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited here as part of a cruise tour. A short but interesting presentation given by the owner, then we walked past the craftsmen cutting and polishing the jade. The actual shop is well stocked with extremely beautiful jewelry and other items, however we did...More

Thank LetsGetGone
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Reviewed 14 May 2018

They had some lovely jade, priced high, but it felt very touristy. (Perhaps because it appears to be a stop on guided tours?) If one wants to purchase a piece of jade, they certainly have a huge selection. The staff was friendly and didn't pressure...More

1  Thank Linda C
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Reviewed 26 April 2018

Visited Jade Maya Museum as part of an excursion to Antigua from Oceania Cruise Ship Marina. Our guide for the entire excursion was Moises Aroldo Sican Pelen. He made the whole day be the best excursion of the entire 16 day cruise. The Jade Museum...More

Thank Bluenose1970
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Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

We went to Jade Maya as part of an organized tour, but at the end of the day everything just felt a little forced. I wasn’t pleased to not know how jade gets from a rough rock to a polished gem. It seems like the...More

Thank Swimfins
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Reviewed 11 April 2018

Really enjoyed checking out the Jade Maya Museum and factory. There are a lot of interesting displays and artifacts for being a small museum. They offer all kinds of jade pieces that will fit whatever your budget. We picked up some earrings and coffee. If...More

Thank Sam B
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Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

The owner gave a quick talk on how she and her husband discovered the worlds largest jade deposit. However it was rushed. You get to see artisans working the jade. The retail jewelry part was great. My husband bought a ring.

Thank Palletts2013
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

The historical role of Jade in Mayan society is well archived with artifacts and replicas as well as display cases and commentary. Some of the jewellery is just so exquisite with a great story to tell

Thank Dorten
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

I learned more about Jade in 15 minutes than I ever thought I could learn about jade in a lifetime. Guatemalan jade is different. I won’t give it away, but it’s worth going to find out. Oh, and bring some money with you, there is...More

Thank simroy2015
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Reviewed 22 February 2018

We were on a private tour in Antigua and had an excellent visit to the Jade Museum. The Mayan history told through the Jade artifacts is really rich, especially the pre-Columbian history. After our visit we were encouraged to shop in the museum store. We...More

1  Thank Jennifer S
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