Blue Pearl completely wowed me. The ink is a deep medium blue, with high saturation and great shading, and the silver shimmer is the cherry on top. Blue Pearl even sheens. To me, Blue Pearl is like Parker Penman Sapphire with added silver.
Blue Pearl is one of the Shimmertastic inks in which the particles harmonize rather than contrast with the underlying ink color. So when you look at a page written with Blue Pearl, you don’t immediately think “silver” or even “shimmer.” Instead the silver particles add depth. The best way I can describe it is that the silver gives the ink more body, and in places where there are larger amounts of silver, almost a three-dimensional feeling.
I also think the silver almost mellows the underlying blue ink rather than amping it up. The underlying ink looks like it could have been a very bright ink on its own, and while the silver adds luster and shimmer, it also seems to darken it a little.
Though I just used the word “mellows,” Blue Pearl is the opposite of a wallflower ink. This is a wow ink. You may not see the silver shimmer when you look at a page lying down on a table, but you cannot miss it when you hold up the page. Here is a closeup of the page above, which shows the shading and the sheen.
Here it is on Rhodia dot paper.
Here it is on Clairefontaine.
I am a blue ink fanatic. And Blue Pearl is pretty much a blue ink fanatic’s dream. I just love this ink.
I should also mention that Diamine has another blue Shimmertastic ink with silver particles, Blue Lightning, which I talked about here, and that I also think is gorgeous. The blue and silver combinations really work for me.
I received this Blue Pearl ink sample from Diamine, along with the next three Shimmertastic inks I’ll be looking at. I would love to pass along the favor and let someone else try Blue Pearl. So if anyone would like to receive a free sample of Blue Pearl from me, just leave a question or comment below. So far I’ve looked at seven Shimmertastic inks, and I’d particularly love to know what your favorite is.
At the end of the week, I’ll randomly choose one person to receive a sample of Blue Pearl, and I’ll post the winner on the blog. I’m going to do the same for the next three Shimmertastics, too. Feel free to enter each one you’d like.