The Jacques Herbin 1798 Collection marks a crucial moment in the history of France. In this year, the French Revolution gave way to the ascent of Napoleon Bonaparte. It was a time of great social change and modern discoveries - and the era in which steel dip pens began to replace quills. In the same year, J. Herbin’s great-grandson moved the shop to a new location in Paris that allowed it to expand its production of sealing wax and ink.
Kyanite is bright blue and pulling toward turquoise. It is magnified thanks to a cloud of silver glitter for a powerful and elegant writing. Since the discovery of the famous mining region of Nepal, Kali Gandaki, Kyanite has been recognized as a noble mineral because of its similarities with the rich tones of sapphire.
Solid dark purple in the velvety hue of amethyst with the satin finish of a silver mist for a lustrous shimmering effect and a noble allure. Améthyste de l’Oural suggests the fires of this precious gemstone from the gates of Asia, prized by jewellers of long ago.
The Mediterranean island of Cyprus is home to the carob, a tree whose pods are sometimes used as a chocolate substitute. J. Herbin traded these pods, known as the “black gold of Cyprus,” on his voyages. He also enjoyed eating them himself. Caroube de Chypre is as rich a brown as its namesake bean. It shades from chestnut to cinnamon, with a strong red undertone throughout.
A dusting of gold enriches this luscious ink without overwhelming its unpretentious appeal. If you want to coax out its rare green sheen, try it with your broadest nib on Tomoe River paper. Whether you prefer to pair it with coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, Caroube de Chypre is a warm companion for a relaxing day in.