10 Colors That Faded Away
- Ivory Black
This deep blue -black was made from the burned and charred waste of ivory, it fell out of use as ivory did.
- Caput Mortuum
A brown pigment made of ground-up Egyptian mummies, “caput mortuum” means “worthless remains.”
The color of the mercuric sulfide cinnabar, vermilion was beautiful but rare, unstable and toxic.
- Red Dye #3
The US government banned this red food cosmetics dye in 1990 for being carcinogenic.
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Realgar is highly toxic arsenic sulfide that was ones the only pure orange pigment available.
- Indian Yellow
Supposedly made from the urine of cows only fed mango leaves, this color would have become rare due to its poor effects on cattle
- Lead White
White paint that got its color from lead was a great pigment, but deadly.
A moderately transparent bluish green with low stability, verdigris is a copper acetate, and quite toxic.
- Chartres Blue
This blue, used to color stained glass in France’s Chartres cathedral. proved incredibly difficult to make.
Made from ground-up glass and cobalt, this blue was complicated to manufacture and faded easily
Reasons for the faded colors
- Unstable ingredients
- Complicated ingredients or method
- Details of manufacture lost to time
- Poisonous or harmful