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Jade Factory and Museum (Jade Maya)
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Jade is a rare and precious stone dating back to the pre-Columbian era in Mesoamerica. Some of the world’s best jade was found in Guatemala. Historically, it was used in culturally significant ways, including in hieroglyph inscriptions and carvings of symbolic figures.

There are two types of jade — Jadeite and Nephrite. Jadeite is more dense and renowned for its rich colors. Nephrite is more of a carving stone, found in many places around the world. Jadeite contains the bright green and apple colors you find in quality jade jewelry. Those colors were prized by both Chinese emperors and Maya kings.

To learn more about jade, visitors to Antigua can visit the Jade Factory and Museum, also called Jade Maya, founded in 1974 by archaeologist Mary Lou Ridinger and her husband, Jay. Fine jadeite is mined here in the same manner of the Olmec, Maya and Aztec people. Guatemalan workers at Jade Maya cut and polish the mined jade following the same traditions of their ancestors.

The jade is transformed into pre-Columbian-style, museum-quality replicas and beautiful handmade fashion jewelry and accessories. There is an online catalog that shows some of the designs Jade Maya has created to date. The small museum has a nice chronological timeline on the history of jade and various displays depicting jade artifacts discovered on excavations. Visitors to Jade Maya will appreciate the knowledge Ridinger shares with visitors as an expert in mining jade. She and her husband discovered the jade mining zone, an area lost for more than 500 years after the start of the Spanish conquest.

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Daily 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
4a. Calle oriente No. 34, Antigua, Guatemala
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Wheelchair Accessible: Antigua from Guatemala City

Wheelchair Accessible: Antigua from Guatemala City

This tour is specially designed for groups traveling with 1 passenger in a wheelchair. Antigua´s cobblestone streets and stairs make it complicated to move freely and easily in a wheelchair, so the tour includes a helper/assistance to lift up the chair whenever needed. The tour is private and flexible based on your interests and timing.
  • 6 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size

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