Jade necklace found in the tomb of the seventh ajau (ruler), nicknamed Ruler G, of Pusilha (Toledo District)
More Valuable than Gold: Jade
Jewelry has always been an integral part of human culture for centuries.
Fact is, no outfit is ever complete without that signature piece of jewelry to accentuate the ensemble.
In Maya culture, it was no different. Exquisite pieces of jewelry, made of Jade and other natural materials such as jadeite and marine shells, were used by elites to exemplify status.
Jade was not only used in life, but in death also.
Photograph courtesy Institute of Archaeology
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