Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine: Ink Review

Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine ink splatter with fountain pen.
Hello ink lovers! Madigan here, reviewing the new Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year Aquamarine. Following in the footsteps of the gorgeous Pelikan Edelstein Amethyst, this year’s ink is a deep turquoise. I absolutely love it! It is well behaved, unexpectedly dark and has plenty of shading to boot. Read on to find out more.
Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine fountain pen ink review, written with a Lamy Al-Star on a Rhodia Dotpad.
Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine fountain pen ink review, written with a Lamy Al-Star on Tomoe River and Moleskine paper.
Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine fountain pen ink review, written with a Lamy Al-Star on a Tomoe River paper.
Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • Medium– This ink has a pretty standard dry time. Under 30 seconds is by no means quick drying, but you should be ok to take notes with it and not worry about smudging when you turn the page.

Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  • Low– While this ink is a darker shade, it doesn’t stand up to the drip test. The color stayed on the page but the lines disappeared. Look to another ink if you want staying power.


  • Medium– While there were definite fluctuations in color between the first and second swabs, there was no difference between the second and third.

Ease of Cleaning:

  • Easy– Although this ink has a darker shade, it washed easily off the nib for cleaning.


  • High– The shading in this ink is fantastic. Like some other similar teal ink, the color variation is fantastic. It looked especially good in the broad nib.


  • Medium– This ink has a great flow. No worries about hard starting here.

Unique Characteristics:

  • Special Edition– This is a limited run! Since it’s their Ink of the Year, it won’t be around forever.

Packaging and Aesthetics:

  • Beautiful 50ml bottle and box. Also available in Standard International Long Cartridges and 2ml ink samples. 
  • Bottle has a large opening making it easy to fill.
  • The box is beautifully designed and pleasant to look at.

Inks Similar in Color:

This ink is great! It’s a tad darker than most other teal/turquoise inks I’ve tried, which makes it unique. I don’t know if it is possible to have enough Turquoise ink– they are all so different. And for the shading alone, I think this one is at least worth trying. Additionally, this ink is dark enough to pass muster at work but fun enough that you’ll want to write with it. It would be great for taking notes in school or journaling.

You can find Pelikan Edelsetain Aquamarine at in a 50ml bottle for 27.50. Grab a pack of cartridges for $9.50 or a 2ml ink sample for $2.50.

Do you like turquoise ink? Which is your favorite? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Write on,

2017-10-11T14:37:53+00:00 March 31st, 2016|Ink Reviews|15 Comments
  • Kathy

    Hi Madigan! Another great review. I agree with your assessment of this ink. The more I use it, the more I like it. At first, I liked it but it didn’t thrill me. It is very close to other turquoises as you noted. However, after a few days of playing with it, my love starting growing! It’s not too wet; it’s not too dry. I inked my new Lamy 2000 (thanks!!!) with it. I’ve had no trouble starting or skipping. It really is a great ink.

    I was a little surprised at how dark it is, only because “aquamarine” is usually a lighter color. However, the deeper shade is more versatile, and can be used in most any setting. I don’t have just one favorite turquoise ink; I love them all. I have samples of most of the GPC turquoise inks, and have enjoyed trying them.

    • Hi Kathy! I’m glad you liked this as much as I did. The color is surprising, but also really satisfying. It is really hard to choose a favorite out of all the awesome turquoise inks out there. 🙂

  • I S

    I’m glad I got some cartridges to play with – this one looks really nice!
    My favourite turquoise of all is unfortunately discontinued, though I managed to find a bottle NOS: Sheaffer Peacock Blue. Along with their Lavender and Emerald Green (both also discontinued) it was a large part of my writing experience in high school and college, and there’s nothing else *quite* that colour.

    • Kathy

      I S, Sheaffer Peacock Blue is my all time favorite ink. I loved the Emerald Green as well. Wish they’d come back!!!

      • I S

        Me too – they were well-behaved inks, too – never had any issues writing with them.

    • I’ve heard about this mythical Sheaffer Peacock Blue since I started here. Do you still have a bottle?

      • I S

        I have one I found on eBay – someone bought up all the stock they could find at some point and releases them into the wild a few at a time. There are other turquoises that come close, but most of those seem to be limited edition/hard to find (Looking at pictures since I don’t have any to test, Sailor Bungbox June Bride looks pretty close, but I’m sure you know how hard those inks are to get!).

  • Tom Johnson

    Madigan, another wonderful shading ink! This is a great addition to the Edelstein line. They really have some special inks. I love these reviews you do with standard paper, pen, and nibs.

    • Hi Tom! This ink is really great. It’s almost the same base color as Emerald of Chivor but without the sparkly sheeny goodness. It’s darker than most other turquoise/teal inks. Give it a shot if you have the chance! 🙂

      • Tom Johnson

        Your are right Madigan, this is very close to Emerald of Chivor without the sparkles, especially with the broad nib. I agree that it is dark enough for work. Maybe it will be my first Edelstein ink, but they have so many wonderful inks already!

  • Annelise

    Based on the note that came on one of my order slips, I’d say Diamine Eau de Nil is a pretty close match.

    • ec

      I love Eau de Nil! This Aquamarine looks enticing, too, though! How does it compare with Kon-Peki (another favorite of mine)?

      • Najeeb

        I have all 3 inks (Aquamarine, Eau de Nil, and Kon-Peki). Kon-Peki is quite different, as it is a vibrant blue, and the other two are noticeably turquoise and darker. Eau de Nil and Aquamarine are extremely close in color and properties in my experience, and I think of them as a bit mysterious while I think of Kon-Peki as more uplifting. All of them are fantastic!

        • ec

          Thanks! I have two pens inked with Kon-Peki and Eau de Nil right now. 🙂 If Aquamarine and Eau de Nil are close, I’ll be content with my bottle of EdN.

  • I just received a sample of this in my recent order, and already I want a full bottle. This might overtake Noodler’s Squeteague as my favourite ink!