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Azurite 10g

Quick Overview

Our azurite is natural carbonate of copper from ore deposits in Dzhezkgazgan, Kazakhstan. It has a bright blue masstone and a greenish undertone with a fine grind of less than 20 µ particles.

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Azurite is a natural carbonate of copper usually described as a bright blue or sometimes as a greenish blue. Azurite varies in masstone color from deep blue to pale blue with a greenish undertone depending on such factors as the purity of the mineral and the grade (particle size) of the pigment. This fine grade (average 25 micron particle size) of azurite is a bright blue with a greenish undertone.

Pigment Names
Common Names: French: azurite
German: Azurit
Italian: azzurrite
Spanish: azurita
Synonyms: English: blue verditer, bice, Mountain blue
French: bleu de montagne, bleu d'Allemagne
German: Bergblau
Italian: azzurro della magna
Latin: lapis armenius, azurium citramarinum

Origin and History of Use
According to some authorities, azurite has been found in paint pigment as early as the Fourth Dynasty in Egypt.

Azurite is a natural carbonate of copper and is found in many parts of the world in the upper oxidized portions of copper ore deposits along with malachite. Our azurite is from copper ore deposits in Dzhezkgazgan, Kazakhstan.

Permanence and Compatibility
Despite azurite being a carbonate, and hence sensitive to acids, it has a good record in respect to permanence where employed in oil- and tempera media. It is darkened when exposed to sulfur fumes, especially where it is used in mural paintings. It is unaffected by light. Azurite pigment is said to turn green due to alteration to malachite. Although copper pigments tend to exert both a siccative and antioxidant effect in oil-medium, some examples have shown that azurite tends to discolor when applied in thick, coarse-textured layers.

Oil Absorption and Grinding
No data has been published on the oil absorption properties of azurite. Coarsely ground azurite produces a dark blue pigment; fine grinding produces a lighter tone. We offer a fine and medium ground pigment with an intense blue hue. Azurite is most successfully employed in aqueous medium, such as tempera, because of its refraction index.

Azurite is moderately toxic and care should be used in handling the dry powder pigment as well as the pigment dispersed in medium.

Pigment: Azurite, Fine Grind

Pigment Information
Color: Green-Blue
Colour Index: Pigment Blue 30 (PB30)
Chemical Name: Copper Carbonate
Chemical Formula: Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2
ASTM Lightfastness Rating
Acrylic: Not Tested
Oil: Not Tested
Watercolor: Not Tested
Density: 3.8
Hardness: 3.5-4.0
Refractive Index: 1.758

Additional Information

SKU 410-1001
Processing Time Usually ships within 24 hours.
Color Blue
Resin Type No
Vendor Rublev Colours
Swatch No
Videos No
More Videos No
Tutorials No

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