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1973 Jay Ridinger moved to Antigua Guatemala and married Mary Louise Ridinger and together they re-discovered the ancient jade sources of the Mayans
1974 The Ridinger’s built the jade factory where it stands. They sent their first jade samples to the Gemological Institute of America receiving their first confirmation that their discovery was, in fact, the most valuable type of jade.
1975 The Ridinger's first jade retail store was opened on the corner of 4th Calle Oriente #34, Antigua Guatemala.
1976 February 4th because an Earthquake in Guatemala factory and showroom was damaged. Ridinger’s travel for a year selling jade jewelry, to send money back to Guatemala to pay rent and keep employees paid.
1977 Tourism returns slowly.
1978 Ridingers hire Bob Terzuola to run production and train local jewelers and increase production. 
1979 They increase their retail space and start a new Company: Comercial Antigua and begin to manufacture clothing and non-jade crafts and household items.
1980 Civil War and Kidnapping threats causes drastic drop in tourism.
1983 First store in Guatemala City was opened at the Camino Real Hotel.
1985 Business slowly returns
1987 The research team discovers a new source of jade in the Motagua River Valley:  Galactic Gold Jade and Olmec Blue Jade. In September, National Geographic magazine publishes "Jade, Stone of Heaven".
1988 Jade Maya starts testing the international market for rough jade in the “Tucson Gem and Mineral show”.  The second and the third stores in Antigua Guatemala were opened.
1995 First “Jade museum” at jade Maya was opened
1998 We discover Rainbow lavender jade South of the Motagua River and apply for five new mining licenses.
1999 U.S. President Bill Clinton visits Jade Maya and it continues opening stores in Guatemala City, El Salvador and Belize.
2000-2009 Major expansion. of Jade Maya
2000 Jade Maya become a destination attraction for cruise ships docking at Puerto Quetzal
2001 The Jade Gallery was opened in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and then the Jade Maya Museum-Store at Costa Maya.
2001 Mary Lou Ridinger makes history in Guatemala by recovering a National Treasure that had been stolen from the Museo La Democracia in February 2001 and returns it to the Guatemalan government. Many more museum-stores were opened around Guatemala.
2008 The Pakal Jade Museum opens at Puerto Chiapas, Mexico. 
2010 We form The Maya Conservancy as a 501(c) 3 in the USA to promote Conferences, archaeology education, Maya ancestral wisdom and to support cultural enrichment concerning the origins of the Maya Calendar. “Jade Maya” form Museo Izapa, A.C. in Chiapas, Mexico and Conservación Maya, A.C. in Guatemala. Opening of Mirador Gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico with David Bau
2012 Publication of "Stone of Kings" - In Search of the Lost Jade of the Maya" by Gerard Helferich.  Good review in The Wall Street Journal, TEDx talk by Mary Lou Ridinger "The Origins of the Maya Calendar"
2013 Travel to China to seek a wholesale market for Guatemalan jade. Well received conference by invitation of National Gem Testing Laboratory in Beijing. The Maya Jade Museum at Banana Coast near Trujillo, Honduras, where cruise ships began arriving.
2014 On the fabled island of Roatan, off the coast of Honduras, Jade Maya opened two Museum Stores to sell jade at two cruise ports.
2015 On the road to Tikal- at the edge of lake Petén Itza at El Remate, Jade Maya opened their Museo de Jade Maya museum and store.
2016 Jade Maya opens their spacious new showroom: " Palenque", one block from the Central park and directly behind the cathedral.
2017 Beautiful new "Piedras Negras" Jade Maya Museum store opens in International section of Guatemala City's La Aurora Airport
2018 Wonderful imaginative new Jade Maya Museum store: "Pakal" opens on 3rd Avenue in Antigua across the street from "Hotel Convento Santo Domingo"
2019 Jade Maya sponsors September 20th Conference for Climate Change at the Porta Hotel Antigua and invites local school students and teachers to participate and seek solutions for helping solve the problem of Climate Change.  Awards are given to the school who comes up with the best proposal for helping the environmental challenges in their local community,
2020 "The Green Wave," action group is formed to initiate projects to help the community deal with environmental problems.

 

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