The "Swatch This" Challenge Day 11
SLEEPING BEAUTY TURQUOISE
Daniel Smith calls Sleeping Beauty Turquoise a "unique and vibrant blue" although I see more green than blue. The pigment is one of their "Primaktek" gemstones and is named for the location they found it in the Sleeping Beauty Mountain in Arizona.
Since 1998, Daniel Smith has been procuring and grinding a special line of pigments from gemstones. "Primatek" pigments are beautiful granulators that often break down into several other colors. They have produced high quality, luminous pigments that for the most part are lightfast. While they say Sleeping Beauty Turquoise is lightfast, I have read differing results from artists who have done their own lightfastness test.
The first use of Turquoise as pigment dates back to Egyptian "blue" from the Bronze age and civilizations have found deeply spiritual qualities and meaning in the color ever since. It has been deemed precious both for the gemstones rarity as well as the difficulty refining and making the exact hue desired.
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