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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
+502 7931 2400
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Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

Loved the explanation and history of the discovery of Guatemalan jade. The presentation was just the right length of time and there were only the four of us during the tour. The craftsmanship is spectacular and the display pieces beautiful. We did buy 5 gifts...More

Thank supercrutch
Reviewed 9 May 2017

This proved to be a good experience. The information about how jade was discovered in Guatamala then mined and prepared for sale was excellent and the jade products excellent. As refreshments were included in the visit this was an excellent experience.

Thank Geoff M
Reviewed 3 May 2017

My wife and I recently returned from a Holland America cruise during which we visited the Jade Maya Museum and store. We purchased a pair of earrings but wanted a larger back. The salesperson said it could be mailed to me. I have tried repeatedly,...More

1  Thank ron p
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Basically this consists of older exhibits attached to a jewelry store. It is interesting to stop in but we defiantly found jewelry we preferred at better prices nearby.

Reviewed 20 March 2017

This is an interesting place to visit if you are interested in Guatemalan jade. Located near the entrance to the city, it’s a 15-20 minute walk from the center of town and most hotels. You will find an excellent collection of items made from different...More

Thank Brooklynite_Abroad
Reviewed 17 March 2017

We were with a cruise ship tour and I was tired and grumpy by the time we arrived. We were given a small gift of a crocheted bag with a tiny doll inside when we arrived. I thoroughly enjoyed the owner's presentation and we learned...More

Thank alwweb
Reviewed 2 March 2017

This is a great place to spend time! The archaeologist who found jade in Guatemala owns the store. I met her and spoke with her. She is passionate about jade and treats her staff well; from what they told me, she's like one of the...More

Thank travelengnancy
Reviewed 2 March 2017

I was fortunate enough to visit the Jade Maya, on an afternoon when the founder was there. Her story about finding the mine and promoting it as a business opportunity for her community was fascinating. There was also a large book, where one could look...More

Thank Sally W
Reviewed 28 February 2017

This was a cool stop on our trip through Antigua. They provide a Free tour and history lesson (in perfect English if you require). Really interesting facts about Jade, where it comes from, how they find it, make it, shape it etc. There is of...More

Thank Adam B
Reviewed 19 February 2017

This isn't just a store. It's also a very informative learning center. I went in expecting to spend 15 minutes or so browsing but wound up spending more than an hour learning about the history of jade in Guatemala and its cultural importance. I also...More

Thank craighdc
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Rose F
Is US currency accepted in the museum?
11 October 2016|
Response from amomsreviews |
Yes. They also accept credit cards.