When diamonds and rubies meet ink and barrel
There is simply no substitute for an excellent pen. We’re talking the ultimate piece of stationary that writes like a dream with smooth strokes on the page while encompassing the perfect fit between your thumb and fingers. And looks a million bucks. Literally.
Yes, we’ve heard of computers, typewriters, tablets and smartphones however, there’s just something personable about putting pen to paper. The sincerity and meaning of literally writing something down will always have a higher impact on the reader, far more than hitting the buttons on a device.
We know a Bic pen is great, but does it come with diamonds or gold nibs? If you haven’t shopped for one before, pens can be impressive works of design, performance and craftmanship. When you splurge on your own, they become uniquely personal as you can opt for one which is timeless and classic or contemporary and fresh.
It may be a tangible luxury, but if it matters to you and you’ve got the cash, splurging on your pen can be well worth your while if it’s done right. Especially an executive who’s undoubtedly pulling a writing tool out every few minutes for signatures, with every scribble becoming an opportunity to look pretty darn impressive.
These five pricey pieces are have got it all, but be warned. Once you’ve written with a high-quality writing instrument there will be no going back to the average pen.
1. Fulgor Nocturnus, Tibaldi: $8 Million
Fulgor means dazzling brilliance, splendour, or radiance and Nocturnus means occurring at night. And this ladies and gentlemen is the most expensive pen in the world, released by Florentine brand, Tibaldi.
Crafted with 954 rare black diamonds and 123 rubies, the pen was designed following the divine proportions of Phi. When the pen is closed, the cap in relation to the visible part of the barrel equals the ratio of 1:1.618. The Fulgor Nocturnus sold at a charity auction in Shanghai in 2010. Can’t say we’re surprised about the $8 million price tag.
2. Aurora Diamante Fountain Pen: $1.47 Million
30 carats of De Beers diamonds on a solid platinum barrel ought to jack the price up to seven figures for any object. This pen has a two-tone, rhodium-treated 18-karat solid gold nib, and is personalised with a coat of arms, signature or portrait.
It’s more of a jewel than a pen and is only produced once per year as the only 30-carat pen in the world. You’ll have to get in quick if you’ve got the $1.47 mill to purchase this fancy piece of stationary as soon as the annual release date is dropped.
3. La Modernista Diamonds, Caran d’Ache: $1.2 Million
Made by famous jewelry maker Robert Perron, the La Modernista is rhodium-coated and embellished with over 5,000 Wesselton diamonds weighing a total of 20 carats.
The silver pen also has 96 rubies weighing a total of 32 carats and a nib crafted from rhodium coated 18-karat gold. Swiss brand Caran d’Ache have gone all out with this writing tool, named appropriately and priced at a hefty $1.2 mill.
4. Heaven Gold Pen, Anita Tan: $1 Million
This luxurious piece of stationary was created by jewelry designer Anita Mai Tan who was inspired by the celestial movement of the planets in the solar system.
The pen is made out of pink gold with a body of 161 brilliant-cut diamonds and 43 carats of billion years old Tsavorite gemstones. It’s vibrant, breathtaking, highly original and just a mere million dollars.
5. Mystery Masterpiece, Mont Blanc and Van Cleef & Arpels: $730,000
When two world-renown brands join forces, you know the collaboration will end in six-figures. Mont Blanc and Van Cleef & Arpels created the limited-edition Mystery Masterpiece to celebrate their centenary.
There are three individual editions, each decorated with either rubies, sapphires or emeralds and all coming in at $730,000 a piece. Which one would you start with?