We have 3000 years of history in the Jadeite 'Jade' carving industry; those were the Olmec, Maya and Mexica, and Aztec ancestors who lived in Meso America. They used the same mining zones to make precious pieces of jewelry and burial artifacts. The jade mining zone was lost for more than 500 years, just after the arrival of the Spanish Conquest.
The Jadeite 'Jade' mining zone was rediscovered in 1974. Well known medias have covered the story behind the Guatemalan Jadeite 'Jade' discovery, such as: Discovery Channel, CNN iReport, New York Times, Lapidary Journal, among others.