Ventana Mining Company has rediscovered one of the primary sources of Guatemalan jadeite that was used by the storied Olmec and Maya cultures in early Mesoamerican history. Ventana Mining Company holds three jadeite mining concessions in eastern Guatemala. In total, the Company’s extraordinary mineral resource is the largest known jadeite jade deposit in the western hemisphere and the largest undeveloped jadeite deposit in the world.
the past decade, and most noticeably in the last three years, both jadeite and
nephrite have both experienced large percentage increases in demand and price.
Our company is in the process of commercially developing its mineral concessions
to supply the marketplace with an alternative source of high quality jadeite
material. The majority of jadeite from Guatemala is from good to lower quality
which is typical of a large scale jadeite deposit. Within our substantial resource,
however, there is fine grained, bright, saturated green jadeite and lavender
and white colorations that are highly sought after by the jewelry industry and
artisans. In addition to its primary use in jewelry and artifacts, jadeite can
be fabricated into an extremely beautiful and rare decorative building material
and large blocks can be used in the carving of statues.
the locality of the rich green chalchihuitls of Mexico and Central America
could be found, and the material could be obtained in any quantity, it would
be a beautiful addition to our ornamental stones, as well as an interesting discovery
from the standpoint of science." George
Frederick Kunz, Gems
and Precious Stones of Mexico, 1907.
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