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.
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.
I have been dying to try some of the Monteverde inks, the colours look interesting unfortunately they cannot be bought in my part of the world and have to be ordered from overseas. Many American companies will ship but I would recommend looking at fountainfeder.eu. Prices are similar to the US and though they don’t carry a huge range of colours the virtually non-existent shipping charges make them very attractive.