Ruby Mountain Color Notes: Manganese Violet

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First invented in 1868 by E. Leykauf, PV 16 is a semi-transparent and extremely lightfast violet pigment. Also known as Permanent Violet, Nuremberg Violet or Mineral Violet, Manganese Violet goes by the name of Plum in my shop. Mineral Violet quickly replaced Cobalt Violet on the watercolorist's palette because it is much less toxic and has better opacity. Mineral Violet is a single-pigment, reddish leaning purple, much cleaner to manufacture than toxic Cobalt Violet. Handprint.com (a great resource for pigment info) calls Mineral Violet "the most lightfast balanced purple pigment available in watercolors" and praises both it's juiciness as a color and it's attractiveness in mixes. 

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What are your thoughts on this reddish purple pigment? Do you like having a connivence color like PV 16 on your palette or do you prefer to mix your own? Let me know in the comments below!