We invite you to live the experience and discover why Jade was and is so valuable for our culture.
From the falling of the Mayan kingdom until the 1970s the art of working Jade was lost and it was not until over 40 years ago that the same quarries used by our ancestors were rediscover and brought the attention to recover this lost art. We invite you today to get a free guided tour through our Museum, where you will learn about Jade and the importance of it in our ancestral Mesoamerican civilizations: The Mayas, the Aztecs, the Olmecs and the Mokayas. Enjoy and admire the most beautiful colors of Jade that are unique to our country, such as the Black Jade... and our most special colors: The imperial green and the orange.
Our vision is:
“To be recognized worldwide for commercializing the best products with Guatemalan Jade through collaborators who have a passion for excellence.”
“To create, develop and commercialize worldwide, using fair trade principles, highly innovative products with high quality that bring our customers the opportunity to experience the beauty and uniqueness of Guatemalan Jade. To facilitate tools that promote the growth of our collaborators; and to provide a place with which they can identify. To be responsible for what we do and what we don’t do, considering the effects of our actions on our community and the environment.”
Gemologists have identified two types of Jade: Jadeite and Nephrite. Nephrite, also known as “Chinese Jade”, is very popular in Asia, especially in China, Japan and Thailand. The largest source of Nephrite in the world is located in British Columbia, Canada and New Zealand. The other type of Jade is “Jadeite” which is rarer and harder to get. It is basically found in four countries around the world: Burma or Myanmar, Russia, Japan and Guatemala.
The most important differences between these two types of Jade are their chemical composition and hardness. In the Moh’s scale, where diamond is ranked 10, nephrite hardness is between 6.0 and 6.5, while the hardness of jadeite oscillates between 7.0 and 7.5. Jade, in general, has been used to manufacture a great variety of products, and for many centuries it has been considered a lucky charm. In China and Mesoamerica, jade has been used since 5,000 ago to elaborate utensils and ornaments, as well as tools and weapons.
We want to thank and congratulate each of our clients that have purchased a beautiful piece of jewelry, pre-hispanic reproductions and/or sculptures in our stores or through our authorized dealers. We certify that all our jade, is of the jadeite variety found in the mountains and rivers of Guatemala. Its hardness ranges between 6.0 and 7.0 in the Moh’s scale. The authenticity of the jadeite used by us has been verified by either the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) or the Mining Department of Guatemala. Our warranty covers manufacturing defects for 1 year in all our jewelry assembled in sterling silver with or without silver, rodium, or gold cover; 10kt, 14kt and 18kt gold, in the different varieties: yellow, white and rose; goldfilled and bronze. From the date of purchase up to 1 year, Casa del Jade will cover all the repair and shipping cost of damages that have occurred unintentionally. The warranty will not cover any damages from misuse or lack of care of the piece.
In 2003, twentysix years after the opening of our fist store, we opened our Mesoamerican Jade Museum. Today, we exhibit 70 different pieces that tell the story of the four main Mesoamerican cultures; Mokaya, Olmec, Maya and Aztec. Our museum holds original pieces, as well as perfectly sculpted replicas made by our talented local artisans, that will take you for a journey through our history.
In addition to the educational purpose, we see our museum as a way to express our identity and admiration for the wonderful Guatemalan culture. We look forward for you experiencing our passion while feeling at home. This is why we’ve worked hard to train our staff in 5 different languages; English, Spanish, Italian, German and French.
During your visit to our museum, we will guide you through a fascinating journey in time, where you will learn the historical value of what our ancestors knew as “The stone of eternal life “; you will get to see this valuable stone in its natural state, learn about where it comes from, why it has different colors and shades, see the artisans turning the stone into a piece of art and delight yourself with the mysteries of the Mayan world. We welcome you to be part of our family by experiencing our wonderful culture through the Jade legacy. We are here to make your visit special and unique.