Rembrandt soft pastels owe their quality to the close collaboration with professional artists, combined with traditional expertise and more than a century of experience in the manufacture of pastels. Each colour is made according to a unique formula and the necessary raw materials go through very strict controls for each new batch. Rembrandt pastels have for many years been the most commonly used pastels in the world, in part due to their unique characteristics.
The softness has been chosen so that the pastels can easily transfer their colour while at the same time not fall apart or turn to powder. The Rembrandt pastels owe their very high coloured intensity and colour purity to the superior choice of pigments and the high pigment concentration. Only through a strict selection of the pigments used can the best combination of the characteristics be achieved. No harmful pigments are used.
The colour numbers followed by '-5' are the pure pigment. The colour numbers which have a '-3' after them have some black mixed in. Higher numbers such as '-7', '8' and '-9' indicate that the pastels have white mixed in.
100-5 White, 205-8 Lemon Yellow, 205-5 Lemon Yellow, 201-7 Light Yellow, 201-5 Light Yellow, 202-7 Deep Yellow, 202-5 Deep Yellow, 236-9 Light Orange, 236-5 Light Orange, 235-8 Orange, 235-5 Orange, 372-5 Permanent Red 331-7 Madder Lake Deep, 331-5 Madder Lake Deep, 318-8 Carmine, 397-9 Permanent Rose, 545-5 Red Violet, 545-3 Red Violet, 536-9 Violet, 548-7 Blue Violet, 506-7 Ultramarine Deep, 506-5 Ultramarine Deep, 505-9 Ultramarine Light, 508-7 Prussian Blue, 570-5 Phthalo Blue, 640-9 Bluish Green, 640-7 Bluish Green, 619-5 Permanent Green Deep, 675-8 Phthalo Green 675-5 Phthalo Green 627-5 Cinnabar Green Deep, 627-3 Cinnabar Green Deep, 618-9 Permanent 618-5 Permanent Green Light, 626-9 Cinnabar Green Light, 626-5 Cinnabar Green Light, 626-3 Cinnabar Green Light, 620-7 Olive Green, 620-5 Olive Green, 620-3 Olive Green, 227-9 Yellow Ochre, 227-7 Yellow Ochre, 227-5 Yellow Ochre, 234-5 Raw Sienna, 231-7 Gold Ochre, 411-9 Burnt Sienna, 411-7 Burnt Sienna, 411-5 Burnt Sienna, 409-9 Burnt Umber, 409-7 Burnt Umber, 409-5 Burnt Umber, 538-5 Mars Violet, 408-9 Raw Umber, 408-7 Raw Umber, 408-5 Raw Umber, 704-8 Grey, 704-5 Grey, 727-8 Bluish Grey 727-5 Bluish Grey and 700-5 Black.