Maya jade is beautiful and mysterious. To the ancient Maya, jade was even more valuable than gold. Jade was considered sacred, a symbol of eternity and good fortune.
Guatemalan jadeite occurs in a wide variety of colors. Among the most prized being blue and lavender, referred to as lilac or "lila" in Spanish. Black jade is also popular with jade connoisseurs. Nearly every shade of green jadeite is found in Guatemala, from light mint green to well saturated medium to dark green. Rarely a pale grayish white jade is also found. It should be noted that Guatemalan jadeite can carry a degree of translucency called Princess Jade that permits light to shine through the stone.
Read more here or enjoy "Stone of Kings: In Search of The Lost Jade of the Maya" by Gerard Helferich.