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The National Taiwan Museum (NTM) has organized an exhibition featuring Taiwanese black jade to introduce the culture and history of this jade specimen. The different mineralogical properties of Taiwan's myriad of jade stones will also be explained in the special exhibition running from March 18 till Aug. 30, 2015.
Eastern Taiwan is a geological paradise known as the "home of jade stones” because of its location at the convergent boundarybetween the PhilippineSea Plate and the Eurasian Plate. The location has resulted in the formation of a wide variety of gems such as jade and semi-precious stones in the region.
Black jade, a lesser-known type of jade the Cabinet-level Bureau of Mines has begun to promote in recent years, is a gem full of market potential because of its abundance in Taiwan.
The average piece of black jade takes three times longer to form than other jade specimens; this is because black jade is actually "old” jade, with its original green colors slowly darkened by sunlight and cosmic rays.
Despite its name, black jade carries bright emerald and golden veins that reflect light beautifully. This semi-opaque property has led many artisans to create black jade tea sets with superbly thin edges that allow light to shine through and illuminate the interior.
For more information on Taiwanese black jade, please visit the NTM exhibition in Taipei City.