Guatemala produces some of the world’s finest jade, including rare black jade, found only in this part of the world. You can buy fabulous jade jewelry here tax-free.
The best store for perusing wonderful jade creations in colorful hues, including emerald, yellow, and lilac, is Jades, S.A. (4a Calle Oriente #34, tel. 7832-0109, www.jademaya.com , 9 a.m.–7 p.m. daily), where you’ll find a vast array of items varying from 18-karat gold/jade earrings to a unique $3,800 jade chess board. All of the jade found here is mined from a quarry in eastern Guatemala. The store doubles as a jade museum and you can also visit the factory behind the shop. Guided tours are available in German, Spanish, English, French, and Italian.
For fashionable and exotic jewelry, handbags, and sunglasses, visit Joyería del Ángel (4a Calle Oriente #5A, tel. 7832-5334, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. daily).
For silver jewelry, check out Pablo’s Silver Shop (5a Calle Poniente #12C, tel. 7832-8960).