Blue Ocher (Vivianite) Pigment 10 G Jar

SKU: NAP-410-20-908
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Pigment type
Inorganic, Historical, Natural
Vivianite is a rare mineral of hydrated iron phosphate that exhibits an intense dark blue color. Our vivianite comes from bogs around the Moscow region, and has a dark blue masstone, similar to indigo, with a reddish blue undertone.

Pigment Names
Common Names (pigment): English: blue ochre, blue ocher
French: Ocre martiale bleue
German: blauer Oker
Italian: ocre blu
Spanish: ocre azul
Common Names (mineral): English: Vivianite
French: Vivianite
German: Vivianit
Italian: Vivianita
Spanish: Vivianita
Synonyms: angelardite, anglarite (of Berthier), anglarite (of Kobell), blue iron earth, glaucosiderite, mullicite, native Prussian blue, odontolite, paravivianite, phosphate of iron
Common Name Primary Mineral Source
Blue Ocher Vivianite Russia
Pigment Information
Color: Blue
Pigment Classification: Natural Inorganic
Colour Index: Not Listed
Chemical Name: Hydrated Iron Phosphate
Chemical Formula: Fe3+2(PO4)2-8(H2O)
CAS No.: 14567-67-0
Series No.: 7
ASTM Lightfastness
Acrylic: Not Listed
Oil: Not Listed
Watercolor: Not Listed
Physical Properties
Particle Size (mean): 12 microns
Density: 2.60 g/cm3
Hardness: 5.0–5.6
Refractive Index: 1.50–2.0
Oil Absorption: 35 grams oil / 100 grams pigment
Health and Safety There are no acute or known chronic health hazards associated with the anticipated use of this product (most chemicals are not fully tested for chronic toxicity). Always protect yourself against potentially unknown chronic hazards of this and other chemical products by keeping them out of your body. Do this by avoiding ingestion, excessive skin contact, and inhalation of spraying mists, sanding dusts and vapors from heating. Conforms to ASTM D-4236.

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Origin and History of Use

Vivianite, named after the English mineralogist F. G. Vivian, is a rare mineral of secondary origin associated with pyrite in copper and tin veins, and is a hydrated iron phosphate of a blue to green color.

Vivianite has rarely been found on European easel paintings, but it has been identified in medieval paintings in Germany and in English medieval polychromy. The School of Cologne used it to depict skies in the 13th and 14th century.


Vivianite is found principally in two environments: In the oxidized upper layers of ore deposits, where it may appear as dark indigo, blue-black, or green crystals. It is also found in organic rich environments often lining the inside of ancient mollusk shells, but sometimes associated with bones, decaying wood and other organic material. Vivianite forms radiating clusters of acicular (needle-like), prismatic or fibrous bluish-green crystals in association with hematite, siderite or anapaite. Mineral from the latter environment is sometimes collected for use as pigment, but in practice it is more frequently gathered from ore deposits, such as peat bogs and marshy-lakes. Extracting soft, friable vivianite concretions from viscous, dense clayey soil is time-consuming. Once obtained it is necessary to thoroughly wash it to remove clay and organic residue from each grain of vivianite. The labor expended in this operation is rewarded by a high-quality end product. Vivianite is generally stable and dark blue or green in color, though the mineral may be colorless when first exposed. This color transformation is a special feature of vivianite found in peat bogs.

At present the most significant reserves of vivianite in Russia are in the Kudinovskoye layer of bog ores near Moscow. Deposits of vivianite are also found in Bolivia; Gervais, Brazil; Colorado, U.S.; Cornwall, England; Crimea, Ukraine; Germany; and Serbia. We obtain our vivianite from bog ore deposits in the Moscow area.

Permanence and Compatibility

Vivianite is recognized to generally be stable, but there have been instances were it was observed to alter from its blue hue to a yellow color. The mineral's color change from colorless to blue on initial exposure is due to increased ferric ion concentrations, and so it has been established that mechanical and chemical processing can produce a change in color.

Oil Absorption and Grinding

Vivianite employed in oil medium has been improperly identified as natural Prussian blue. No data has been published on the oil absorption and grinding qualities of vivianite.


Vivianite is not considered to be toxic, but care should be used in handling the dry powder pigment so as not to inhale the dust.


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