Anthracite holds strength in black while having the softness and creativity of graphite sliding against paper.
The metallic luster of hardened carbon gives this color the perfect namesake of Anthracite—one of the purest ranking coals. Its precusor, Jet, was used in jewelry and other ornamentation by many cultures, from the Romans to the Native Americans.
Charcoal is the similar yet softer relative to coal. It was first named as a color in 1606, as artists not only loved the medium, but also its subtle color of dark grey with a hint of blue. The burnt wood also gave an easy and strong pigment for prehistoric people to create wonderful works of early human expression.
Anthracite is a subtle, staple color that creates a sense of refinement.