The main property of pearlescent pigments is to mimic the inherent gleam and luster of natural pearls. Pearlescent pigments provide iridescent effect which allow color stylings for different viewing angles.
Pearlescent pigments are usually micas, synthetic or natural that have been coated with titanium dioxide, iron oxide or another metal oxide. Platelets of coated mica can vary in size, shape and thickness, which will determine the sparkle.
With its outstanding visual and technical properties, pearlescent pigments are widely used in a variety of applications, such as:
- Decorative coatings
- Prrinting inks