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Jacques Herbin Améthyste de l’Oural

Jacques Herbin’s Les Encres 1798 Amethyste de lÓural Swatch

Jacques Herbin broke the pendom when they released their Les encres 1670 with beautiful gold shimmer in 2010, and followed up with Les encres 1798 with stunning silver shimmer in 2017. Améthyste de l’Oural was the inaugural ink of the silver shimmer line, and is a dark eggplant purple with a generous serving of silver shimmer.

Améthyste de l’Oural swatch

The ink was extremely wet, almost too wet. There must be some kind of lubricant added into this ink, because it comes out of the nib with an extremely thick line. Personally, I was not a fan of this, as it reduced the line variation of nib and therefore reduced the character of my writing.

Améthyste de l’Oural at an angle

The ink had a high amount of silver shimmer, but was otherwise devoid of any other interesting properties. If it were 10 years ago, I would love this color with no shimmer, but the market for inks has evolved so much, especially in the last few years, that even the shimmer does not make this ink stand out too much. I much prefer Diamine’s Arabian Nights, for it’s more controlled flow.

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