Jade Maya – The Original Jade Factory and Museum (Est. 1974)
The source discovered and used by Jade Maya, is the same used by the Ancient Maya people of Mesoamerica.
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, is 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.
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What is Jade?
“JADE” is a generic term which describes two different silicate rocks, the Pyroxene is called “Jadeite”, and the Nephrite which is classified an Amphibole. They are quite different in terms of their mineralogical characteristics. Jadeite is the harder and denser of the two and possesses a richer, more brilliant range of colors. Nephrite is a carving quality stone, found in many places of the word.
For these reasons, and because of its scarcity, Jadeite is the most precious form of jade and is found in quality bright apple and Imperial greens, prized by the ancient Maya kings and Chinese emperors alike. Guatemalan jade is jadeite jade.
The Ancient Maya, builders of large cities, extensive traders and astronomers who developed a very accurate calendar, also revered jade as their most important possession. Only the very wealthy and powerful could afford to wear jade both in this life and in the after life.
In 1974 after studying the work of Foshag and Leslie, the Ridinger family found a large outcropping of fine jadeite in Guatemala. Scattered on the surface were some of the original jade working tools. After assaying this stone and testing some of the museum jades, it was proven that this jade outcropping in Guatemala had been the source of many pre-Columbian jade objects. JADES, S.A.™ was formed and began to mine work and train native Guatemalans once again in the fine art of jade carving.
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Main showroom and factory
4a. Calle Oriente No. 34, La Antigua.
Every Day from 9am to 6:30pm
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