Natural Mineral Pigments are produced through the process comprising selecting natural high quality minerals or precious stones, crushing and elutriating them and sorting them out according to the size of the particles.
Mineral pigments are mainly used in Japanese paintings and made from azurite, malachite, or coral. They are powder pigments and do not adhere, and so vehicles such as animal glue can be mixed for adhesion. The fineness of the powder is classified by number and generally indicated from No. 5 to No. 13 and white. The smaller the number, the finer the particles, white being the finest, and the lighter the tone.