An aurora is sometimes known as Polar lights, they are natural light displays best seen in high-latitude regions hence around the Arctic and Antarctic. Aurora Borealis for which this ink is named are the Northern lights seen around the Arctic. The Aurora Borealis were named in 1619 by Galileo, from the Roman goddess of the dawn and the Greek name for the north wind. The Southern lights are known as Aurora Australis.
The only other Monteverde Noir ink I possess. I wanted to buy the full set but every time I went to the US it would be sold out in the shops I visited. I have now got over my want for the collection as I have found the Monteverde inks I have reviewed such a mixed bag of behaviour. Some background to the Noir collection is provided in the Smoke Noir review.
I have already reviewed Monboddos hat one of the two Diamine inks developed in collaboration with the Fountain Pens UK Facebook community on Facebook. Scribble purple is the other ink and it was selected as the top choice from the 10 prototypes. This ink is named after Scribble Purple the nom de plume for the person behind the blog “Too Many Purples – the search for the perfect purple ink’.
This is one of two inks developed by Diamine in collaboration with the UK Fountain Pen Facebook group. Ten prototypes were developed and this is one of two selected for production.
Some background on the seven Japanese Gods of good luck was included in my review of Fukurokuju. Also included in that review was some information on packaging and price. The 100th anniversary inks are becoming hard to find even online. A lot of retailers still have the 15ml sample packs left and occasionally you find the inks in the strangest of places. I bought this one in May in Melbourne, Australia and just recently in December I managed to find the inks still on sale at Dymocks in Sydney.
Another Monteverde ink and this one called purple wisdom. I can tell you absolutely nothing about the name as it is purple and its wisdom and I have no idea why they put the two together. It is a part of another Monteverde set this one called emotions. The first few inks I reviewed were from the Gemstone collection, I have reviewed one from the noir collection and now this from emotions. The set includes: Peace Blue, Kindness Pink, Love Red, Gratitude Magenta, Passion Burgundy, Confidence Blue, Hope Green, Motivation Orange, Joy Sepia and Wisdom Purple.
Another Monteverde ink this time from the 10 ink Noir collection released at the end of 2017. In 2016 Monteverde started to re-imagine / configure their inks and as a part of that the Noir collection was released. All the inks are lubricated which means they stay wetter longer in your pens, I have not left an ink in a pen long enough to determine if this is a benefit or not.
The third and last of the Monteverde gem inks I have. With each ink performance has improved and I do like a green ink so ……….
I am sticking with the few Monteverde gemstone inks I have and today it is Moonstone, hopefully I much better performer than Topaz, a review I abandoned.
Moonstone is a sodium potassium aluminium silicate of the feldspar group. Feldspars are minerals that crystallize from magma which is found beneath the earths surface, most would know magma as the molten material that spews from a volcano. Moonstone has a pearly opalescent schiller, schiller is the result of thin microscopic inclusions in a translucent mineral that refracts and reflects incandescent light.
Topaz is a silicate material of aluminium and fluorine on of the hardest naturally occurring minerals and the hardest of any silicate minerals. Due to its hardness, transparency and variety of colours it has long been popular for jewellery. It does have a low index of refraction which means if it is cut with large facets unlike other gems it will not sparkle.