Mica is an example of sheet silicate minerals that can be employed in a number of different applications.
Pearlescent Micas are made mostly from the natural mineral, mica. This mineral has a natural shimmer that reflects light, creating a lovely pearlescant effect when it is crushed and powderized.
The name for the mineral is understood to be derived from the Latin word micare, referring to the glittering appearance of mica. Mica is among the minerals that tend to retain a sheen and glimmer in direct light. Along with being classified as a silicate, mica is also among minerals that exhibit monoclinic properties similar to that of crystals. The discovery of large deposits of mica in South America and Africa in the 1800’s was soon joined by mining operations in a number of other parts of the world as well. Currently, India is understood to possess large amounts of the mineral. China also ranks high as a producer of mica for various purposes, and such countries as South Korea, Canada, and the United States also are sources of a healthy output of mica.
Mica Powder consists only of the natural, powdered mica, but Pearlescent Micas contain dyes, and color additives as well as the mineral powder. Because they contain a high proportion of natural mineral, they are often considered natural in marketing terms. However, a purist may not consider Pearlescent Micas to be totally natural. The dyes and color additives used to give them their lovely colors are often synthetic.
Color Additives commonly used in Pearlescent Micas include D&C and FD&C Dyes, Oxides, Ultramarines, and Carmine . Carmine is something that you should look out for if you are a vegan, as it is not considered to be a vegan ingredient.
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