Carve your own jade piece in Antigua!

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From USD 59.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


    What's Included

    • All equipment, machines and personal protection equipment included.
    • You will be able to select from a wide range of pieces of jade in different colors, sizes and shapes to start your masterpiece.
    • Get a free guided tour through our Mesoamerican Museum of Jade.

      Meeting And Pickup

      Meeting point

      • Casa del Jade
        4a Calle Oriente #10, Antigua Guatemala 03001, Guatemala

        Casa del Jade, is located inside a Colonial house, called "El Jaulon", a two story yellow building at the corner of 4th street and 3rd avenue. Only 1 block away from the Main Square.

      End point

      This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      What To Expect

      Additional Info

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Stroller accessible
      • Service animals allowed
      • Near public transportation
      • Infants must sit on laps
      • Most travellers can participate
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 4 travellers

      Cancellation Policy

      You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

      • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
      • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
      • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
      • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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      82 reviews
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      Reviews by Viator travellers.
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      Jade Workshop Review - March 2023
      Kayla_P, Mar 2023
      Sassy, our instructor, was phenomenal! She explained each step of the process to creating our Jade pieces and the safety of each machine we used. We started by choosing our Jade colour, stencilling onto our chosen Jade piece, and then started by cutting out our Jade shapes. She gave us a tour of the Jade museum after our class. And then finished off with our Maya symbol reading. AMAZING stop in Antigua. You must do this! Well worth the money.
      The Cutting Edge of Jade
      Jeff_E, Mar 2023
      The one on one guidance by our leader. Very pleasant and patient. I would recommend this activity to my friends.
      Excellent jade experience!
      Amy_M, Feb 2023
      We had the best time carving our own jade pieces at Casa del Jade. There was a quick tour and explanation of the types of jade and specifically about Guatemalan jade. In the workshop, Cesar helped us choose our pieces, carve them, and polish them. This was a great family activity.
      Unique experience but wouldn't do it again
      Suzanne_B, Nov 2022
      This was a very unique experience and I'm glad I did it.....once. It's a bit misleading because it says you get to design your own jewelry...when in reality you have to pick from one their designs (so you can't design a heart, etc....) so it's not completely true. We were also told that as you cut your jewelry into the proper shape, that don't have to worry about slicing or hurting your fingers if they touch the blade wheel... and while that was true if you touch your fingers in the middle of the blade, it wasn't true if you happened to nick your finger or knuckles against the corner of it...several times I accidently touched my knuckles to the side of the blade which hurt, and then actually got a very minor cut in my knuckle. Still, I don't regret the tour and I'm glad I did was a once in a life time opportunity to see what the jewelers had to go through to create beautiful jade pieces.
      Response from Host, Dec 2022
      Thank you so much for sharing your experience and also for your review, it helps us to improve in all this different things you mention and our goal is to provide a safe experience and as you say understand more fo the work, time and patience that takes to carve jade. We will take all of your points into consideration to make our experience even better. Kind regards,
      Memorable Experience
      Alfred_L, Nov 2022
      Carving our own jade was one of the most memorable experience throughout our Antigua trip. Eric, our instructor, was extremely patient and informative. He also spoke perfect English which made the entire experience less stressful. 😅 Priscilla, the lady who showed us around the museum, was also extremely helpful and informative, and taught us a lot about the history of jade particularly in Guatemala and the Mayan culture. We would highly recommend this experience to others.
      Response from Host, Dec 2022
      We are delighted to hear about your memorable experience with us and thank you so much for taking the time to review it.
      Great experience
      Samuel_C, Oct 2022
      Eric was great in helping us carve our Jade. He was very informative. We had a blast! Freddy was also informative on many Jade details and the history of Jade to the area, and to Mayans.
      Very fun experience and you keep your art work.
      Marcus_M, July 2022
      After a short tour through the store's museum for a history of Guatemalan jade, we were led to the jade workshop. The guide helped us pick our jade color and shape pattern. He then instructed in cutting and polishing the jade. Even with modern machinery it was hard work, but fun. One of the highlights of our trip to Guatemala.
      Jessica_J, July 2022
      This was a great experience! The guide was also very informative and helpful.. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that visits zGuatemala as a must to do.
      Best Experience Ever!
      Lori_L, July 2022
      This was a great experience for me and my family! Eric was a wonderful instructor - so incredibly passionate. Our pieces turned out beautiful and it is memory that we will have forever.
      This was such a fun...
      Catherine_N, June 2022
      This was such a fun experience! Eric was very friendly and knowledgeable about how jade was worked in the past and how it was redeveloped in the late 20th century. Very enjoyable and informative!
      We loved this experience !
      Reem_B, May 2022
      We had an amazing experience!!! We were paired with Sassy (sp?) and Oswaldo (sp?). Sassy was our tour guide and went over the differences of jade with us and helped guide the way of picking our jade and shape. Oswaldo has been working with jade 30+ years and he showed us how to carve and shave down the jade as well as shine it. It was an overall great experience that we got a souvineer with at the end! Sassy and oswaldo then walked us over to the near by capuchin as church to see some Antiguan history.
      Ciera_L, Apr 2022
      Cesar was very knowledgeable and friendly! We had a great time carving our own jade! It was an Awesome experience!
      Educational and Soothing
      Theresa_M, Apr 2022
      Everyone here is so very helpful and patient. The instructions were precise and I found the making of the Jade piece was very relaxing. This was my 2nd visit and they still had my picture from my previous visit on the picture wall in the Jade room. Impressive
      This was one of our highlights!
      Nancy_L, Jan 2022
      We did the jade carving on the day we were leaving Guatemala. Had an evening flight so did the morning class. We should've done this earlier! It was so much fun to learn about the history and culture of jade, then we got to make our own jewelry (jade only). Reach out to the TO - there are actually more class varieties available. If you are looking to shop for some jade, check their store out as well. Lots of selection and the price range is better than most other jade factories/stores in Antigua.
      Fun Experience
      Nancy_A, Jan 2022
      I wouldn't say this was exactly "carving" Jade as much as it was polishing. It was still a good experience but I was expecting a different end product. I ended up with a fairly nice sized teardrop shaped pendent which was probably worth the $50 paid. It is a beautiful store and you do learn about the Jade mined in this area.
      You won't regret it!
      Janice_M, Mar 2020
      My partner and I decided to take this workshop thinking it'd be a fun random activity. We came out of it soooooo excited to see our finished craftsmanship. Diego was our guide and his passion for Jade carving was infectious. Highly recommend!
      Fun learning experience
      Theresa_M, Dec 2019
      Enjoyed the Jade Museum tour, picking out the color stone for my jewelry piece and the yummy free coffee you get to drink while on your tour