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Jade Maya - The Original Jade factory and Museum
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US$80.00*
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Shore Excursion: Antigua Sightseeing Tour from Puerto Quetzal
Ranked #2 of 34 Shopping in Antigua
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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.
Antigua, Guatemala
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Boring”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

If you are REALLY desperate for something to do andREALLY want to be sold to, this is the place for you. Be prepared for strong expressions of disappointment and resentment if indicate that you are not interested in buying something.

Visited August 2013
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Holland, Michigan, United States
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“Enlightening!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

The jade factory and museum was very interesting and enlightening -- learned a lot and enjoyed the presentation and tour. Just be prepared for aggressive sales of jade products at the end!

Visited November 2013
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Take a look, it's for free”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

I was walking around I ended up here. Because it's for free I took a look. Nice to have seen. There's a factory and some kind of museum. It's also possible to buy jewelry

Visited October 2013
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Ojochal, Costa Rica
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“Worth it..”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2013

This was a great little tour of where Jade is found (and mined), how it is made into jewelry, mayan history, the different types of the stone, etc. And the price was right (free). My guide was very knowledgeable and proud of her heritage.

Visited October 2013
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Lewes, United Kingdom
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“Interesting Tour- Temptation to buy!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2013

The tour gives a clear indication of Jade distribution, types of Jade/Jadeite. It shows the hardness and difficulties in cutting, drilling, moulding and polishing. Good showroom, with non-pushy staff, and yes,we did buy jewelery here! Good restaurant upstairs- no smoking.

Visited October 2013
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