Pre-Columbian Mayan “Galactic Gold Jade” Jadeite Celt Axe Head ~ Guatemala 🇬🇹

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Seller: zmw1989 (505) 100%, Location: Raleigh, North Carolina, Ships to: US, Item: 202763779212 This black jadeite axe head was purchased in La Antigua Guatemala. The piece was inspected by archaeologist Mary Lou Ridingers who was instrumental in the rediscovery of jade in Guatemala during the 1970’s. Miss Mary Lou confirmed the piece is authentic, made over 1,000 years ago and possibly of the “galactic gold” variety which her team identified and named in the 1980’s. A sample was submitted to David Hargett who was working for the GIA laboratory in New York City at the time and he wrote an article of his findings in a 1990 GIA publication titled 'Jadeite of Guatemala: A Contemporary View'. She mentioned that I would likely have to cut the stone to determine if it contained the metallic minerals associated with the galactic variety because, being much softer than the stone, the metal inclusions would wear off from handling and use. I have inspected the piece closely with a loupe and there are shimmering specks in the pitted areas. I can’t say for sure what they are. Most galactic gold specimens contain pyrite, not real gold so do not purchase thinking this is gold ore. It is not. See photo for galactic jade description. The glittery specs are not visible without magnification and ideal lighting. I did the best I could to capture in two of the photos but do not expect to see them with the naked eye. I suspect further polishing would reveal more of the glitter but I am leaving that up to the buyer. If you are unhappy with the piece for any reason I will pay for the return shipping. Piece measures 4” long by 1.75” tall by nearly 1” thick. Blade is blunt either from use or intended purpose. One chip at the blade end. See last photo. Item will be shipped USPS priority mail with signature confirmation required. Featured Refinements: Pre-Columbian Antiquities, Material: Jade

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