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Monday, March 27, 2017

Robert Oster Tranquility with a Noodler's Nib Creaper Truk Lagoon: Monday Matchup #135



Hey there, fountain pen friends! Jenni here, bringing you my matchup of the Noodler's Nib Creaper Truk Lagoon and Robert Oster Tranquility. When it came time to choose new Monday Matchup pens and inks, I knew immediately that I wanted to use Robert Oster Tranquility. I've been hooked on it since we introduced the line and I saw the gorgeous sheen and coloring on the overhead image Sarah (one of our product photographers) took. Read on to hear more about how I created this piece and what I thought of this pen and ink.

Since I had my ink already picked, I was excited to find that there was a small demonstrator in a color that matched the ink. I have used very heavy pens for some of my Monday Matchups and I find my hands get fatigued from all the weight so I was ecstatic to use the Nib Creaper. It's a great size for my hands and gave me the ability to have some line variation. The inspiration for my drawings came from the name of the ink itself. I've found that the most tranquil moments of my life are my morning yoga routines, so I decided to reflect those in my drawings. Even though yoga can be challenging and exhausting, it still leaves me feeling calm and refreshed.

I was thinking about how I could use yoga in a Monday Matchup to show tranquilty and then it clicked! What if I made a sort of flip book, where we went through the stages of the Sun Salutation? I liked the idea of using the ink to highlight the poses, while also showing off the sheen that you can achieve when you use the ink in large amounts. I knew Tomoe River paper would be my best choice to show the sheen and the Goulet notebooks featuring Tomoe River paper are the perfect setup for a flipbook! I drew out the positions and their names on the pages of the notebook in pencil, then went over them with the pen and ink. Once that was dry, I used a brush pen to fill in the shapes with a good amount of the ink so they would have sheen when they dried. Once they were dry, I erased the pencil marks underneath and the flipbook was created!

I love this combo. It was the perfect pen for me to use with this ink. I enjoyed watching the ink inside of the pen's demonstrator body, as well as the line variation the nib created. It complemented the shading and sheen nicely. The weight felt great in my hand, so there was no hand fatigue, which was my favorite thing about this combo. This pen writes really wet so it wouldn't be great for any quick writing or notetaking. The ink has the tendency to smear if not left to dry completely as well. I smeared a few words because I was rushing and didn't allow enough dry time. This pen and ink pairing is perfect for seeing the shading and sheening this ink is capable, if you have the time to let it dry. The only thing I would change about this matchup is the orientation of the notebook. I think a horizontal orientation would have been better to create the effect of the flipbook. Holding the book from the side gave me a little trouble when trying to flip the pages.  

Illustration of the sun salutation sequence B poses, drawn with a Noodler's Nib Creaper Truk Lagoon fountain pen and Robert Oster Tranquility ink.
Illustration of the sun salutation sequence B poses, drawn with a Noodler's Nib Creaper Truk Lagoon fountain pen and Robert Oster Tranquility ink.
Illustration of the sun salutation sequence B poses, drawn with a Noodler's Nib Creaper Truk Lagoon fountain pen and Robert Oster Tranquility ink.
Illustration of the sun salutation sequence B poses, drawn with a Noodler's Nib Creaper Truk Lagoon fountain pen and Robert Oster Tranquility ink.
Illustration of the sun salutation sequence B poses, drawn with a Noodler's Nib Creaper Truk Lagoon fountain pen and Robert Oster Tranquility ink.
Illustration of the sun salutation sequence B poses, drawn with a Noodler's Nib Creaper Truk Lagoon fountain pen and Robert Oster Tranquility ink.

You can find the Noodler's Nib Creaper Truk Lagoon fountain pen at GouletPens.com for $16.10. Robert Oster Tranquility is available in a 50ml bottle for $16 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.50. 

Follow the directions below for a chance to win this pen and the bottle of ink. We're excited to see what pen and ink you have matched!

How to enter Monday Matchup Giveaway:
  • Match a pen and ink together. They don't have to match in color, any fountain pen, and ink works.
  • Take a picture of your pen and ink matchup. 
  • Find the entry details and instructions below on how to share your picture with us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or as a blog comment*. 
  • You can choose to enter only one way or submit up to 4 different entries if you'd like. Feel free to use the same picture for all 4 entries.
  • Confirm your entry via the Rafflecopter widget below which will record your entries. This is how we'll draw a random winner. Since it's totally random, you're eligible to win each week! 
  • To see more of Rafflecopter's privacy policy, click here. Your email is never shared, and is only used to contact you should you win.
  • *Due to recent changes with the Disqus platform, you must register for a Disqus account in order to post a photo entry in the blog comments.  
a Rafflecopter giveaway The contest is open Monday, March 27, 2017 at 12pm EST until Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 12pm EST. One winner will be randomly selected and announced tomorrow once the contest closes. The winner must live in a country that Goulet Pens currently ships to. Click here to see the Official Contest Rules.

Write on,
Jenni

Friday, March 24, 2017

Goulet Q&A Episode 161: Great Blue Inks, Reviving a Lamy 2000, and the New Aurora Flex Nib!


Goulet Q&A is now available as an audio podcast! Click here  for the RSS feed to use in your podcast app of choice, or click here for a direct download.

In this episode, I talk about great blue inks, reviving a Lamy 2000, and writing with the new Aurora flex nibs!

New/Upcoming Products: - (1:06)

Pens/Writing - (8:37)

1) thev1k1ng- Instagram - (8:39) 
Have you had a chance to check out the new Aurora flex nibs yet? What are your thoughts on those?
  • I got to meet the nibmeister who designed these, and he explained how he makes them
  • they take the 14k Aurora nibs, cut the wings, thin the metal, and shape them to be just the right amount of flexibility without being so soft the tines easily spring
  • I find it to be quite responsive
  • easier to use than a Noodler's flex, doesn't spread quite as far
  • softer and more variation than the Pilot Falcon
  • not quite as soft as the Omas Extra-Flessibile nibs, but don't spring nearly as easily, too
  • these nibs will be in extremely limited supply, only available on the Aurora 88 LE pens
  • 188 of each color, being released around once a month

2) christian_austin_little- Instagram - (17:45)
Ok so here is my question,what happens to a pen after the nib material wears off?
  • this could happen over time, so it's a legit question
  • the best way to figure it out is to look at how people are replacing older nibs today
  • if it's a bigger nib size and it's worn down, it can be reground to a smaller nib size
  • you can actually have nibs retipped by a pro
  • you can smooth it and just keep using it (but it will wear fast if there's no tipping left)
  • you can get a replacement nib from another pen

Ink - (22:53)

3) the_film_darkroom- Instagram - (22:56)
If someone said they love blue too and what ink choice to go for... Which would you say tops the list for sheening, then sparkle, best shading and one that may not have any of those characters but is just a gorgeous shade of blue?

4) @archimage- Twitter - (28:24)
Best ink bottles/inks for low levels?

Troubleshooting - (37:22)

5) mad_betes_312- Instagram - ()
brian, you always highly recommend the Lamy 2000. I love mine but like you I have somewhat greasy oily fingers. My Lamy 2000 is a year old and it is shiny in places and the cool makloron finish seems to be gone. Is that possible? I've washed it in mild dish soap but it still looks the same. Any suggestions for my 2000 and all other pens?
  • mine's the same way
  • brillo pad/scotchbright pad
  • re-scuff with the grain, end to end 
  • this is pretty unique to this pen bc of the physical pattern

Business - (45:40)

6) colors_and_beads- Instagram - (45:42)
What are some products that are released once a year? (as in: would be a nice thing to collect  ) I know about Lamy Safari or AL star, or the Pelikan's Ink of the year. Are there any others?
QOTW: What regularly released FP product has you hooked? - (53:50)

Thanks so much for joining us this week! You can catch up on any old Q&A videos you missed here.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Pelikan Edelstein Smoky Quartz: Ink Review


Hey there, friends! Lydia here, bringing you my first ever ink review! Pelikan Edelstein Smoky Quartz is the new Ink of the Year 2017 and has been highly anticipated around the office. I wasn't sure exactly what to expect from a name like "Smoky Quartz" so I was intrigued to get my hands on it.


Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):
  • 20 seconds- I was kind of shocked at how fast it dried. Because it was a darker ink, I was expecting a longer dry time but it was completely dry in 20 seconds.

Drip Test (Water Resistance):
  • Low - When I dripped the water on this ink, it definitely moved quite a bit. There are still faint lines there, but the majority of the color definitely bleeds when it comes into contact with water.

Saturation:
  • High- I see little to no difference between swab 1 and 3.

Ease of Cleaning:
  • Easy- This ink cleaned right out of the pen with no problems.

Shading:
  • Medium - This ink definitely gets some interesting color variations in the letters when writing with a medium nib. That was a plus for me. I like a little color variation in my writing. 

Flow:
  • Medium - No flow problems in any of the nibs, even the extra fine. 

Packaging and Aesthetics:
  • Stylish box, looks great even as a gift box. 
  • The bottle is pretty, would look good on a desk.
  • Nice wide opening in the bottle for easy filling. 



Inks Similar in Color: 


Summary:
This was a nice flowing ink and the color is a pleasing departure from your everyday black ink. It might be good for those looking for a reserved color that still offers some personality. The color reminded me a lot of the Diamine Saddle Brown I used for a Monday Matchup a few weeks ago. It was pleasant and easy to write with. This Ink of the Year is only available for a short time and is limited in quantity so be sure to get yours today!

You can find Pelikan Edelstein Smoky Quartz in a 2ml sample for $2.15 or a 50ml bottle for $28.

What is your favorite brown ink?

Write On, 
Lydia

Thursday Things: Apples and Oranges

A citrus fruit inspired flat lay of bright and colorful fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.

Take a bite out of this Thursday and savor the delicious products in this collection of fruit inspired pens, inks, and notebooks. Your writing will never be sweeter than when you pick up one of these delectable writing tools. Thursday Things: Apples and Oranges is ripe for the picking and ready to "pear" you with your next "grape" pen, ink, or notebook. Dig in and see which items suit your taste!

Featured products from left to right:
Shop these products by the bushel in the Thursday Things: Apples and Oranges shopping guide!
A citrus fruit inspired flat lay of bright and colorful fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Monteverde Limonada Fountain Pen - Turino Red
A citrus fruit inspired flat lay of bright and colorful fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Edison Collier Fountain Pen - Persimmon Swirl
A citrus fruit inspired flat lay of bright and colorful fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Jinhao 159 Fountain Pen - Yellow
A citrus fruit inspired flat lay of bright and colorful fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Faber-Castell Loom Fountain Pen - Piano Plum
A citrus fruit inspired flat lay of bright and colorful fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.
Pilot Metropolitan Retro Pop Fountain Pen - Green
A citrus fruit inspired flat lay of bright and colorful fountain pens, notebooks, and ink.

What is your favorite fruit?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

How to Write with Shimmering Inks

If you've been in the fountain pen world for awhile, chances are you've come across some of the new shimmering inks. At GouletPens.com, we currently carry two varieties: J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary inks and the Diamine Shimmertastic collection. Both types are regular fountain pen ink with added sparkle for that glittery effect that is incredibly unique.


Some fountain pen users are hesitant to use this type of ink because they are afraid of damaging their fountain pens. Additionally, there is a lot of misinformation and supposition floating around out there about these inks and their affect on nibs and feeds. We've got good news for you! Since all of this ink is created for fountain pens, it will not damage your pens. You will need to take a bit more care when cleaning them, however, so we'll go into more detail about that below. We want to do a little myth busting in this blog, as well as let you in on the secrets to getting the most mileage out of your shimmering fountain pen ink.

Diamine Lilac Satin with a Noodler's Ahab Flex Pen Lapis Inferno

1. Filling your fountain pen
Diamine Golden Sands
More so than with other inks, there is a particular technique for filling your fountain pen with shimmering inks. The sparkle additives will settle, so you need to gently shake the bottle of ink before filling it. Make sure to shake it slowly so that no air bubbles form because this can cause flow issues! Once you've gently shaken the bottle, you'll want to quickly fill your pen before the particles settle once again.


2. Writing Techniques
J. Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean in the barrel of a TWSBI Mini Fountain Pen Classic 
Just like in the bottle, the glitter particles will settle in your fountain pen. Between writing sessions, or even while writing, make sure to keep the ink agitated. You can do this a number of ways including:
  • Rolling the pen in your hand while writing. This can be back and forth or rolling it in between your palms
  • If your pen sits for a long time, gently move the pen from end to end to let the sparkles distribute through the ink before writing

3. Keep it clean
Goulet Pen Flush
More so than with other ink, you need to make sure you clean your fountain pen thoroughly when using shimmering inks. The extra particles can be stubborn about leaving, and can cause clogging issues if proper precautions aren't taken. However, with a bit of elbow grease and maybe some Goulet Pen Flush, you should be fine! Keep this in mind:
  • Make sure to thoroughly clean your pen in between uses, even more so then normal
  • Use a toothbrush to clean the feed- shimmer particles can stick to this section 
  • Use Goulet Pen Flush if you need to, it can help a lot 

4. Pick the right fountain pen
Shimmer inks shown in a range of fountain pen nib sizes
Pair your sparkling ink with a fountain pen that will really show off that extra flair! Juicy, wet writers are going to work best so stick with flex nibs or broad or italic nibs for great results. That being said, smaller nib sizes can work, just make sure they have a generous flow. Part of the fun of trying shimmering inks, and fountain pens in general, is the experimentation. Try out different pen, ink, and nib combinations and find out what works best for you!
 
5. Paper Matters
J. Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean on Clairfontaine Triomphe Paper
Ink resistant paper is going to work best with shimmering inks. The more ink resistant, the more sparkle you'll see! Here are some examples of fantastic paper for your shimmering inks:
Some paper that isn't going to show the sparkle as much includes:
  • Inkjet paper
  • Moleskines
  • Composition notebooks
  • Recycled paper
Diamine Shimmertastic Inks Package Set
The Diamine Shimmertastic Collection currently has 22 varieties of ink with gold or silver sparkles. They are available at GouletPens.com in 50ml bottles for $20 or 2ml ink samples for $1.75. They are available in a 5-pack of your choices as part of the Diamine Shimmertastic Inks Package Set for $90.

J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Ink Package Set
J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary inks come in five types with gold sparkle only. They are available at GouletPens.com in 50ml bottles for $26 or 2ml ink samples for $1.85. You can also pick up all five bottles in a J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Ink Package Set for $117.

Diamine Blue Flame with a Karas Kustoms Ink fountain pen in Gold with a broad nib.
Whether you are using a J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary ink or a Diamine Shimmertastic ink, the added glittering effect is entrancing. If you've been worried about trying these out, we hope this blog cleared up any of the confusion out there. Got questions? Make sure to leave them in the comments below!

What is your favorite shimmering ink?

Write on, 
The Goulet Pen Company Team

Monday, March 20, 2017

Pilot Iroshizuku Kiri-Same with a Pilot Metropolitan: Monday Matchup #134


Hi fountain pen friends! Margaret here; it's good to be back on the Monday Matchup rotation! I was out of the office the last several months after my son was born in November, and he's a lot of what inspired this matchup! The Pilot Metropolitan Stub nibs were introduced while I was out, and I've been wanting to try them ever since I found out about them. I paired a Pilot Metropolitan Black with a 1.0mm Stub nib and a Pilot Metropolitan Retro Pop Gray with a Fine nib with Pilot Iroshizuku Kiri-Same and was ready to get started.

In moments of trying to calm my son down, I often reach for those familiar tunes to help him fall asleep. "You Are My Sunshine" is one that comes to mind frequently, so I thought I'd include it in this matchup. As I was using a dark ink, but writing about sunshine, I thought it would be fun to highlight the ink, words and the different nibs to make the writing stand out. I started with the lettering, and decided to alternate which nibs I would use for each word. As you can see in the drawing, the ink looks very different depending on which nib I was using. I was surprised by how light the ink was when using the fine nib. Once I got the lettering done, I added the sunshine details at various locations. It still seemed like it needed a little something else, so I took an ink syringe and splattered the Kiri-Same ink all over the page, to offer another representation of the color. Plus, using an ink syringe to splatter ink is just fun. If you haven't tried it, I highly recommend it!

I was not disappointed by the stub nib on the Pilot Metropolitan. I already loved this pen, and the stub nib is so smooth, and easy to write with. I'll be picking one up for myself; I just need to decide on which color pen I want to add to my cart! The fine nib offered such a thin line, but since I tend to enjoy a wetter nib, I preferred the stub over the fine nib. However, if you're looking for a fine nib, this pen is an incredible value (only $15), and one that I think everyone should consider. I also loved this ink. I enjoyed how different it looked with each nib, and loved seeing how it could be layered. I could see it being used in a variety of situations from work to art. 



Follow the directions below for a chance to win these two pens and the bottle of ink. We're excited to see what pen and ink you have matched!

How to enter Monday Matchup Giveaway:
  • Match a pen and ink together. They don't have to match in color, any fountain pen, and ink works.
  • Take a picture of your pen and ink matchup. 
  • Find the entry details and instructions below on how to share your picture with us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or as a blog comment*. 
  • You can choose to enter only one way or submit up to 4 different entries if you'd like. Feel free to use the same picture for all 4 entries.
  • Confirm your entry via the Rafflecopter widget below which will record your entries. This is how we'll draw a random winner. Since it's totally random, you're eligible to win each week! 
  • To see more of Rafflecopter's privacy policy, click here. Your email is never shared, and is only used to contact you should you win.
  • *Due to recent changes with the Disqus platform, you must register for a Disqus account in order to post a photo entry in the blog comments.  

a Rafflecopter giveaway The contest is open Monday, March 20, 2017 at 12pm EST until Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 12pm EST. One winner will be randomly selected and announced tomorrow once the contest closes. The winner must live in a country that Goulet Pens currently ships to. Click here to see the Official Contest Rules.

Write on, 
Margaret

Friday, March 17, 2017

Q&A Episode 160: Green Pens and Overcoming the Hardships of Creating A Business


Goulet Q&A is now available as an audio podcast! Click here  for the RSS feed to use in your podcast app of choice, or click here for a direct download.


In this episode, I talk about what's up with green pens, picking the right pen for wearing with a suit, and how to overcome the hardships of creating a niche business.

New/Upcoming Products: - (1:40)

Pens/Writing - (6:43)

1) Clairity_DX- YouTube - (6:46)
I really like the idea of Visconti's hook safe lock mechanism as a way of securing the cap to the pen, but I just can't see myself ever purchasing a pen that expensive (or heavy, for that matter!). Are there any other pens that are more affordable/lighter, but have a similar mechanism where you barely need to twist in order to cap the pen?
  • this is one of my favorite things about Visconti pens
  • it's a proprietary system, only on their pens
  • the other systems I've seen are either screw cap, snap cap, magnetic, or retractable
  • Snap:
  • Screw


2) molindela- Instagram - (11:50)
Are there any not-too-expensive fine or extra fine nibs that are really wet? Or a way to increase the flow in a pen without making the line wider (assuming good paper, so it doesn't just spread). I have small handwriting but love shading and sheen!

  • Noodler's pens are very wet (and flexy)
  • Visconti fines are very wet, but are probably too expensive for what you're looking for
  • Jowo nibs often lean a little on the wetter side (Goulet, Edison, TWSBI)
  • Pilot nibs in EF and F are often very fine, but the mediums are much wetter and often borderline on fine of other brands
  • most of the fine nibs that are wetter are gold nibs, which aren't usually inexpensive
  • there are a couple of ways to increase wetness:
    • pull out the feed, use an exacto knife to cut a wider channel (risky)
    • use an exacto knife to widen the nib tines (risky)
    • open up the tines by flexing them (slightly less risky, but still risky)
    • all could void your warranty
  • you're best off using ink and paper choices to try to control your sheen (Tomoé River for paper, high sheening inks for sheen)


3) lhlvierra- Instagram - (20:55)
So what is the deal with green pens, anyhow? Have you had no luck with them, or does it seem no one has much luck moving them anywhere? Are there any other things that oddly seem unwanted, like an ink color that just never finds any love. Trying to remember, but I think I have only had one green fountain pen - a Sheaffer school pen in the 1970s



Personal - (27:52)

4) Benny L.- Facebook - (27:55)
How do you decide on a "suit pen"? Basically a pen and ink to accompany an outfit whether it is for a formal setting or a dinner function. Most likely it would be used for short bouts of writing or signing/autographs(for the famous). To make it more interesting, permanent ink since signing can be on contracts. Some reccomendations would be good.

  • I personally rarely wear a suit, but I do select my pens intentionally for them
  • Lamy 2000 is my go-to suit pen when I want to go understated
  • MontBlanc pens are very recognizable, if you're going to flash and status
  • Pelikan and Visconti are adequate MB substitutes
  • From a pocket-presentation standpoint, something with a distinct finial or clip, with a slightly wider opening clip to fit in the jacket pocket
  • question: put the pen in your shirt pocket or jacket pocket? 
  • I do jacket, my suit jacket actually has a sewn pocket with only enough of an opening to hold a pen in it
  • of course you can use whatever pen you like in a suit!
  • You could also go with a pen that has a pop of color, and matches your shirt or tie
  • I may go Pilot Custom 74 with a blue tie
  • ink: Noodler's Black is a standby, Noodler's Liberty's Elysium, don't overthink it too much

Business - (39:27)

5) whysee2017- Instagram - (39:29)
I have a question about the Q&A itself. Among all these questions, how do you pick which one to be answered in the video? Do you read all the questions or you colleagues pick for you?

  • it's been an evolution over the years
  • our current process:
    • my community coordinators ask for questions on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter on Fridays
    • they compile questions asked on Mondays into a collaborative spreadsheet
    • Colin will comb through all the questions and pick ones that seem most relevant for what's going on and that are somewhat unique
    • Katy on our Customer Care team combs through to identify ones that our Customer Care team feels would be relevant based on questions they get asked a lot
    • They give me a curated list of 10-15 questions, by noon on Tuesday, I narrow down from there
    • I select the final ones, prep my answers Tuesday afternoon/evening
    • Shoot it on Wed!
    • this exact process is fairly recent, it's only the last month or two we've done the curation
    • I used to look at every one, but I needed more help
    • I still choose the exact questions and order them, prep my notes, and shoot


6) adam_elbahouty- Instagram - (46:05)
What were some hardships that came/come with creating a business (especially one with a relatively small market), and what is your philosophy for overcoming them?

  • I almost didn't take this question because there are just so many hardships starting a business from nothing that I didn't even know how to approach it!
  • the hardest thing at first was just finding the right niche, I tried a lot of different stuff!
  • it's tough to match up your talent with customer/community interest and wrap that into a viable business model
  • the first 3-4 years was just that, discovering what to even do that'd be sustainable
  • after that, things got way easier, because we had clarity of vision and direction
  • logistics then became the bottleneck, just fulfilling orders, filing taxes, managing proper accounting, email management, systems systems systems
  • gaining product knowledge wasn't hard, but took a ton of time
  • after figuring out logistics, then it was hiring and leading people!
  • that required a complete shift in a new direction, and has taken considerable effort ever since
  • At the core, my philosophy has been "Work Hard, Be Honest, Be Flexible", and that continues to this day as our #1 company core value
  • hard work is an absolute given, don't even bother if you aren't planning to work until you drop every day
  • honesty goes such a long way, especially when dealing on social media and with customers, authenticity is something people can smell a mile away and if you focus on treating other people like you'd want to be treated that'll make a huge difference
  • flexibility (or agility, really) is so critical, especially in the early stages because you just don't know what's going to work and nimbleness is possibly your only competitive advantage!
  • passion is key, and you have to CARE, everything else will likely fall into place

QOTW: what's been the most meaningful thing you've ever written with a fountain pen? - (57:55)

Thanks so much for joining us this week! You can catch up on any old Q&A videos you missed here.

Write On,
Brian Goulet




Birthday Bling: 12 Fountain Pen and Ink Pairings Inspired By Your Birthstone


If you're anything like us, the dazzle and excitement of finding the perfect new pen and ink is almost as exciting as beholding a rare jewel. If you're looking for some inspiration to entice you in your next pen purchase, we've got just the thing. Did you know your birth month has its own unique gemstone associated with it? We've collected a list of these stones and chosen our top picks for pen and ink pairings to match each birthstone. These 12 duos gleam with the promise of a dazzling writing experience and sparkling inspiration.

January- Garnet
Graf von Faber-Castell Garnet Red ink and Kaweco Classic Sport fountain pen in Bordeaux
Favored among the likes of ancient Egyptian Pharaohs and Roman statesmen, the garnet is one of the most common and colorful gemstones on this list and boasts a long history of admirers. Although it can be found in a variety of hues, such as green, orange, pinkish orange, and even blue, the deep, rich red variety is the most beloved and treasured. You'll be the envy of your fellow fountain pen lovers when you reveal this January birthstone-inspired pairing. The deep rich color of Graf von Faber-Castell Garnet Red (75ml bottle, $30) perfectly captures the luscious hue of this glittering gem, especially when flowing from the nib of the perfectly coordinated Kaweco Classic Sport in Bordeaux ($25-$27).

February- Amethyst
Monteverde Amethyst ink and Pilot Metropolitan Retro Pop Purple fountain pen
February's purple gemstone is associated with Bacchus, the god of wine, as well as rumored to adorn a ring worn by St. Valentine, namesake of the holiday of love and affection. The rich purple hue was also favored by royalty. Amethyst is a brilliant, vibrant stone that you'll instantly love. The combination of Monteverde Amethyst ink (90ml bottle, $15) and a Pilot Metropolitan Retro Pop Purple fountain pen ($15) will reign supreme in any February baby's heart.

March- Aquamarine
Robert Oster Australian Sky Blue ink and Pilot Plumix Light Blue 1.0mm Stub Nib fountain pen
March's birthstone, aquamarine, is a blue beauty whose name is directly taken from the words for water and the sea. Once thought to protect sailors and keep them safe on the open waters, aquamarine is steeped in nautical significance and themes. The aquamarine-influenced matchup of a Pilot Plumix fountain pen in Light Blue ($9) filled with Robert Oster Australian Sky Blue (50ml bottle, $16) will surely inspire the waves of inspiration to churn up a sea of passionate prose.

April- Diamond
Diamine Moon Dust and TWSBI Diamond 580 fountain pen
Marilyn Monroe sang "diamonds are a girl's best friend" about these gorgeous glittering jewels. Once you feast your eyes on the TWSBI Diamond 580 ($50-$55) and Diamine Moon Dust (50ml bottle, $20), you'll surely be singing their praises too. The clear body of the pen and shimmer particles in the ink will glimmer and shine as bright as the clearest diamond out there. A diamond may be the hardest material on Earth, but this gorgeous pen and ink will surely soften even the toughest writer's block!

May- Emerald
J.Herbin Emerald of Chivor 1670 Anniversary ink and Aurora Ipsilon Green fountain pen
Greener than new blooms and growing grass and so captivating even the Queen of the Nile couldn't resist them, the emerald is the perfect gemstone to represent May. It's the month that signals the height of spring and the unofficial start of summer, full of life and greenery. J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor (50ml bottle, $26) has become a cherished gem in the fountain pen world since its introduction as part of the J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary inks collection, so it was a natural choice for this gemstone representation. The crisp italic nib on the Aurora Ipsilon Green fountain pen ($99) will do this phenomenal ink justice and the green color mirrors the sought-after emerald perfectly.

June- Alexandrite
Robert Oster Peppermint with a Lamy Al-Star Purple
Called an "emerald by day, ruby by night," alexandrite is definitely the most unconventional of the birthstones in this list. This color changing mineral was originally discovered in Russia and appears to be a green shade in sunlight and fluorescent light, but turns to a dusky purple-red by candle or lamplight. As such, we simply had to showcase both possibilities in our pen and ink choice. The Lamy Al-Star Purple fountain pen ($37.60) and Robert Oster Peppermint (50ml bottle, $16) perfectly fit that bill. You can write a masterpiece with this gem-quality pen and ink pairing.

July- Ruby
Monteverde Ruby with a Pilot Stargazer Ruby Red
Rubies have a long-standing place in history as the gems of royalty, as well as offering such powers as guaranteed health, wealth, wisdom, and success in love to the wearer. This deep, rich red jewel inspires a whole host of feelings and serves as a muse for many. Convey its power by picking up the Pilot Stargazer fountain pen in Ruby Red ($152) filled with Monteverde Ruby ink (90ml bottle, $15). The heavenly golden sheen and gorgeous shading of the ink will gleam when using the smooth 14kt nib of the Stargazer. Your writing will outshine all the rest!

August- Peridot
Monteverde Olivine with a Delta Journal Olive
This green gem is hot! The gemstone variety of the mineral olivine, peridot is primarily found encased inside of lava flows and molten rock. It gets its signature green from its iron-rich chemical composition. Not only is the gem a gorgeous sight to behold, but it provides the perfect inspiration for a pen and ink pairing to write away the last golden summer days in August. The rich golden-green of Monteverde Olivine (90ml bottle, $15) plays perfectly against the swirled body of the Delta Journal in Olive ($120), highlighting the olive green tones.

September- Sapphire
Robert Oster Midnight Sapphire with an Edison Beaumont Sapphire Flake
Nobility. Truth. Sincerity. Faithfulness. The precious blue gemstone known as sapphire is, by far, one of the most recognizable jewels out there. Sapphires have adorned some of the most famous pieces of jewelry in recent history and have historically been worn by royalty and clergy for its perceived protection powers. The sapphire-inspired pen and ink pairing we have chosen is fit for a king or queen. The Edison Beaumont Sapphire Flake ($149) and Robert Oster Midnight Sapphire (50ml bottle, $16) both offer depth and dimension that rivals the facets of the best and brightest sapphire.

October- Opal
Diamine Pink Glitz with a Visconti Van Gogh Self Protrait
Opal is definitely one of the more intriguing gems on this list and finding a pen and ink to match took some imagination. It is often described as kaleidoscopic and features a rainbow of colors, thanks to the stacked silica molecules that diffract light. This stone is heavily surrounded by superstition, fitting for the birthstone of the month that includes Halloween! The Romans believed it was the most precious and powerful of all gems and, to this day, some consider it unlucky for anyone not born in October to wear opal. To capture this stone's multicolored appearance, the Visconti Van Gogh Self Portrait ($289 MSRP, Log into your Goulet Pens account to see our best available price) with its swirled colorful body seems to resemble the beauty of the opal. Diamine Pink Glitz (50ml bottle, $20) in all its rich pink shimmery glory was the perfect ink to top off the comparison!

November- Topaz
Monteverde Topaz with a Conklin Duragraph Amber
It takes a seriously stunning pen and ink to replicate the beauty of topaz. The name "Topaz" originates from the Sanskrit word for fire. This stone was also regarded by the ancient Greeks as a source of strength. Arm yourself for some strong writing adventures and fan the flames of your inspiration with the Conklin Duragraph fountain pen in Amber ($52), inked with Monteverde Topaz (90ml bottle, $15). This pen is a much-loved part of many fountain pen collections, sturdy and iconic for anytime inspiration strikes. The coordinating Monteverde ink pairs perfectly for a dazzling duo worthy of the gemstone name.

December- Turquoise
Noodler's Navajo Turquoise with an Edison Nouveau Premiere Caribbean Sea
Not only is turquoise a gorgeous color for fountain pen ink, but the stone for which it is named has been a sought after adornment for centuries. A harbinger of good health, good fortune, and protection from evil, turquoise has spanned the centuries, from ancient Egyptian tombs to modern Native American jewelry. It's easy to see why it is such a desirable hue to replicate. To capture the cool blue beauty of this stone, we've chosen the eye-catching Edison Nouveau Premiere Caribbean Sea fountain pen ($149) and Noodler's Navajo Turquoise ink (3oz bottle, $12.50) as the complement. Grab this tranquil pen and ink and write your way to a happy, healthy, prosperous year!

To learn more fun facts about these head-turning gemstones, check out the Gemological Institute of America's Gem Encyclopedia. If you'd like to shop all these dazzling pens and inks all on one page, head on over to the Birthstone Pens and Inks shopping guide!

How do you feel about your birthstone pairing?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

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