We have seen a release schedule upended and product slow to make its way into retail channels thanks to a pandemic which came to define 2020. Still, the show must go on and Pelikan seems ready to rise to the challenge of brightening all of our spirits, both figuratively and literally. The first new product of 2021 comes in the form of the next Edelstein Ink of the Year release. This year’s selection is nothing short of astonishing as Pelikan has decided to break new ground by introducing its first ever shimmering ink to the Edelstein line, a top request per the company’s social media accounts. The 2021 Ink of the Year will be none other than Golden Beryl. The silver-gray hue of Moonstone now gives way to a yellow-golden ink with shimmering qualities, perhaps the biggest departure from any past release to date. Golden Beryl will mark its debut as the eighteenth gemstone inspired ink in the line-up and it will be the tenth Ink of the Year, soon to be counted amongst the likes of Turmaline (2012), Amber (2013), Garnet (2014), Amethyst (2015), Aquamarine (2016), Smoky Quartz (2017), Olivine (2018), Star Ruby (2019), and Moonstone (2020). As of now, this is expected to be a limited run, in production for just one year only. Golden Beryl is slated to hit store shelves in April provided the pandemic doesn’t intervene to delay the launch.
Beryl is actually a single mineral composed of beryllium aluminum silicates from which many varieties of gemstone arise. Those varieties are predominantly distinguished by their color. Perhaps you’re not aware but you are likely already familiar with several well-known beryls such as emeralds and aquamarines. The first major deposit of golden beryl was found in Namibia in 1913 by a German mining company. Since then, other deposits have been discovered in Brazil and Madagascar. Originally named heliodor from the Greek for “gift from the sun” that terminology is seldom used these days. Golden beryl’s range of colors includes weak yellow-greens, lemon-yellows, and golden-yellows. Without an ink swab available, it’s hard to know where the ink will land but the photos make it look to be squarely in the golden-yellow column. We should not lose sight of the fact that this will be Pelikan’s first shimmer ink which could open up new avenues of ink production for the company should the gambit succeed. Of course, because of the shimmering quality, extra care will be required in order to not allow the ink to dry within the pen or the feed so this one may not be suitable for those with poor pen hygiene habits. Also, it will be necessary to shake the bottle before filling the pen to achieve the best effect. Golden Beryl will likely only be available in 50 mL bottles as I’ve seen nothing yet to indicate availability in cartridge format.
Golden Beryl could be a game changer for Pelikan and I can’t wait to see some real world examples of the ink on paper. If the promise holds, I would be interested in getting my hands on a bottle. Should history repeat itself, and I have no reason to doubt that it won’t, I also think we’ll be in for something unique with the complimentary M2xx Golden Beryl demonstrator. My guess would be that this one would mark only the second time a matching M200 (rather than an M205) would be released as I can’t imagine anything but gold plated trim accompanying this color scheme. It seems likely then that Pelikan will continue the shimmering look employed first with the Star Ruby and then the Moonstone fountain pens. As an avid fan of the M2xx series, I will be eagerly keeping an eye out for that announcement. What do you think of Golden Beryl? Is it the cure for the doldrums of the pandemic? Would you go all in for a shimmer style ink or is that just a bridge too far? Let me know in the comments below.