The end-product of the refining process used to produce natural ultramarine blue pigment from lapis lazuli. Ultramarine ash contains small blue particles mixed with a large proportion of colorless materials, such as calcite and silicates. Ultramarine ash is a transparent blue-gray pigment that has been used for glazing.
Synonyms and Related Terms
mineral blue; Sander's blue; Saunder's blue; bleu cendres; vein stone
Discolors when exposed to weak acids or sulfur fumes.
Hazards and Safety
No significant hazards.
J. Plesters, "Ultramarine Blue, Natural and Artificial", Artists Pigments, Volume 2, A. Roy (ed.), Oxford University Press: Oxford, 1993.
- Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)