J. Herbin 1670 Emerald of Chivor (50ml Bottled Ink)
J. Herbin is said to have kept an emerald in his pocket during his voyages as a good luck charm. These precious gemstones have been treasured for centuries as protective talismans. One of the purest emerald deposits in the world, the Chivor mine was discovered in the middle of the16th century by Spanish conquistadors.
Chivor emeralds were much in demand, and the emperors and royalty of India, Turkey and Persia sought the New World treasures once the gems arrived in Europe. Emeralds were enormously popular with the Mughal Court, whose emperors referred to them as “Tears of the Moon” because of their opaque transparency.
This beautiful emerald green blue ink contains a red sheen with gold flecks throughout, enhancing your writing with an elegance and beauty that is unmatched by other inks. Each 50ml bottle is hand dipped in sealing wax with a stamped “1670” seal on the front and individually packaged in a collector edition box.
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It is an ink formulated for use in fountain pens, though J. Herbin does put a pretty scary warning on the box about it being highly saturated and how you should clean it out of your pen regularly. The gold sheen is achieved by some sort of fine pigment that is quite visible in the bottle and even in your pen (if you can see in your pen), though we've found that it the Herbin warning is probably a little overstated. You will definitely want to be diligent about maintaining your pens with Emerald of Chivor in it, though no particular caution needs to be taken as long as you're exercising regular pen maintenance.
This ink is highly saturated and you can visibly see the gold settling on the bottom of the bottle, so you'll want to shake the living dickens out of it before inking it up in your pen to get the most sheen to appear in your writing! The paper really affects how the sheen appears, too, the more absorbent the paper, the less the gold appears. So stick to the really slick, really ink-resistant papers here if you want to see that sparkle!