Jade Maya founder featured in Cronica news release

(translated from spanish) Masks, figurines and jade plates are part of the more than 50 parts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica that make up the newly opened Jade Museum, located on the shores of Lake Petén Itzá in the Petén, Guatemala, unique in its type for that country and Latin America. Planned since last year, Mary Lou Ridinger, head archaeologist, said the museum has replicas of jade corresponding to Mesoamerican cultures, including the Aztec, Maya, Olmec and Toltec. Read the full article here

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Jade Smuggling in Guatemala

This revealing investigative report by Sylvia Gereda (Informe Especial, Canal Antigua) uncovers the state of jade smuggling in Guatemala and the dire need for more knowledge and awareness of not only where we buy our jewelry, but also what can be done to protect the cultural heritage of these resources and keep the income produced by the use of these resources in the country of origin. 

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In Memoriam: David R. Hargett, Gemologist and Friend

In memory of our good friend David Hargett who passed away a few years ago in New York, the city he called his home for the most of his adult life.

David worked for the Gemological Institute of America in New York for 16 years. He obtained his his Graduate Gemologist diploma in Santa Monica, California and a bachelor´s degree from New York University. He is recognized for developing many of the techniques still used today to recognize synthetic and treated colored stones, as well as cultured pearls and enhanced diamonds.

Through his dedicated gemological research and an overall strong work ethic, he gained the respect and admiration of gemologist all over the world.

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2007 SInkankas Symposium

Jade expert and archaeologist Mary Lou Ridinger attended the 2007 Sinkankas Symposium held on April 21 at GIA´s Carlsbad Campus in California. There she spoke about Jadeite from Guatemala´s Motagua River Valley, which have been exploited since Mayan times.

"Mary Lou Ridinger has developed several concessions to mine specific areas in the region and operated a vertically integrated business with manufacturing facilities, museums and showrooms in Guatemala. The mission of our business in Guatemala has always been to mine with care to protect the environment, not exploit workers or subject Guatemalan jadeite to bleaching treatments, she said. We are adamant about protecting Guatemalan Maya archaeology and never trade in archaeological artifacts. She described green, lilac, black, galatic(which has metallic inclusions sprinkled through the material) varieties of jadeite and noted that a form of blue jade as also been found there." quote from The Loupe GIA World News Vol. 16, No. 3

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