A new exhibit at Mexico City’s famed Templo Mayor ruins titled Rocks Of Fire And War explores the gemstone jade and turquoise jewelry in Mexico’s ancient civilizations.
The impressive pieces date back to pre-Hispanic times from cultures like the Mexicas and Aztecs, and ancient ancient cities like Tenochtitlan, Tlacopan, and Texcoco.
The priceless jewelry provides insights into the religious beliefs of ancient Mexico, with some of the pieces believed to be offerings and depictions of gods.
Jade and turquoise were highly regarded in the ancient world, and in Mexico they were shaped into symbolic figures for use in religious rituals. It bestowed a higher ranking on nobility.