It was around this time last year that we learned of the 2019 Edelstein Ink of the Year selection so it should not come as too much of a surprise that today brings news of Pelikan’s next batch of limited edition ink. In addition to learning of the M200 Pastel-Green, our second bit of product news is all about Moonstone, the forthcoming 2020 Edelstein Ink of the Year. The palette again shifts, this time to a silver-gray hue which is a significant departure from the prior Star Ruby release. This will be the seventeenth gemstone inspired color to grace the line-up. Moonstone will join Turmaline, Amber, Garnet, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Smoky Quartz, Olivine, and Star Ruby as the ninth Ink of the Year release. Some of these special editions have been resurrected to have a second life but, at least for now, we can expect this one to be a limited run for the next year. Moonstone is anticipated to grace store shelves sometime around March of 2020.
Moonstone the gemstone can be found all over the world and is prized for its blue to white adularescence. Adularescence is the light that appears to billow across a gem giving it a moonlight-like sheen. While somewhat fragile, it is a popular choice for jewelry and is the alternative birthstone for June. Unfortunately, Pelikan does not provide any ink swabs so the exact color or properties of the ink aren’t entirely clear. The ink looks to be a rather light silver-gray and perhaps those more versed in the gray inks can shed some light on similar shades from other manufacturers. Pelikan eschews the black cap of the bottle here for a dull-silver lid, further tying together the theme. There really hasn’t been a shade like this in the Edelstein line-up which makes for a bit of a refreshing change. Moonstone will be available in 50 mL bottles and is anticipated to be produced for a limited time only. I also don’t expect this to be available in cartridge format based on the literature that I’ve seen.
Moonstone does have me a bit worried that it may be a little too light of a shade but we will simply have to await some real world swabs. More intriguingly, this release now raises the stakes on a possible complimentary M2xx Moonstone demonstrator to follow sometime later in the year. While not yet announced, I can already imagine something akin to the older Anthracite demo, perhaps with the chromium trim of the M205 line. That is a pen that I wouldn’t mind owning but we’ll have to wait for now and see what the future may hold. What are your thoughts on Moonstone? Does this shade fill a long standing hole in Pelikan’s color spectrum or are you unimpressed? I do believe that the Star Ruby will be a tough act to follow.