Jade Maya - The Original Jade factory and Museum, Antigua

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Trace the 3,000 year history of jade in Mesoamerica at Jade Maya - The Original Jade factory and Museum. Learn about the two types of jade--Jadeite and Nephrite--and witness the onsite mining, cutting, and polishing of this precious stone. Founded in 1974 by archaeologist Mary Lou Rindinger and her husband, the factory now stands out as the largest jade operation in Central and South America. Having learned a little of the history of jade, browse the opulent showroom of finished pieces, from pre-Colombian, museum-quality replicas to exquisite handmade jewelry. See Jade Maya - The Original Jade factory and Museum and all Antigua has to offer by arranging your trip with our Antigua trip planner.
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  • We visited as part of our organised tour of Antigua. We were introduced to Pamela who gave us a wonderful insight into where Jade us found around the world and how it is worked by the Maya people and....  more »
  • Must visit this museum/workshop and shop in central Antigua. We were given an introductory talk and given a gift of a 'worry doll' each on entry. It was short but informative. You can watch the...  more »
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  • This place is very informative. I enjoyed all of the jade and its varieties. Geology is my major so I thoroughly enjoyed the walk through. I can’t remember the lady’s name that gave us to much history but she has been in Antigua since the 70’s. You can see her in my photos. They have cutting machines there and sometimes you can see them at work. If you have money, buy some awesome jade pieces.
  • I bought my wife a Lavender Jade necklace and earrings. She loved them.

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