It is hard to believe that 2021 is just two weeks away from drawing to its close. Not only is another disjointed and surreal year ending but it seems like the long shadow of the coronavirus pandemic will carry well into 2022. To counteract the doldrums of the pandemic, many have sought refuge and solace in this hobby of ours. Something that always brightens my spirits, whether I’m buying or not, is news of a new product release from a favorite brand. Thanks to the good people over at Federalist Pens, we now have fresh news of the first new product of 2022. Coming hot on the heels of this year’s M200 Golden Beryl is word of the next Edelstein Ink of the Year release. The 2022 special edition ink will be called Apatite, the nineteenth gemstone inspired ink to grace the Edelstein line and the eleventh special edition Ink of the Year. It will join the likes of Turmaline (2012), Amber (2013), Garnet (2014), Amethyst (2015), Aquamarine (2016), Smoky Quartz (2017), Olivine (2018), Star Ruby (2019), Moonstone (2020), and Golden Beryl (2021). These special edition inks are generally produced for just one year therefore availability will only be while supplies last. At the moment, Apatite is anticipated to have a March 2022 release date giving us another reason to look forward to the spring.
Apatite is a calcium phosphate mineral which naturally occurs in a variety of colors including blues, greens, yellows, grays, and browns. It was first discovered in 1786 by A.G. Werner, its name derived from a Greek word meaning “to deceive” due to its frequent misclassification as Beryl or Peridot. Large deposits have been found in Russia, Brazil, Burma, Madagascar, and Mexico. Apatite is an important constituent of phosphorite, which is mined for its phosphorus content and utilized it the production of fertilizers, acids, and other chemicals. Those examples with excellent color and clarity are sometimes polished and cut into faceted gemstones. One of apatite’s claims to fame is that it serves as the index mineral for a hardness of five on the Mohs Hardness Scale. That falls in the middle of the scale making apatite too brittle for most jewelry applications therefore, as a gemstone, it is more popular with gem collectors than with jewelry buyers.
We have yet to see an ink swab so it is difficult to judge just what this one might look like on paper. Pelikan describes the shade as a blue-turquoise hue and its appearance, in photos at least, reminds me of the previously released Aquamarine. I will be interested to see how this one stands out in the crowd. The silver-colored cap is something that we’ve only seen on the Moonstone ink bottles to date. I first thought that it might indicate a shimmer ink like the Golden Beryl, just with silver flecks instead of gold, but no mention of that is made in the product literature. Apatite will only be available in 50 mL bottles. Pelikan’s product literature states;
“Colors create emotions, light up our fantasy and open up new spaces for our thoughts. To the honor of the fascinating gemstone Apatite a new harmonic color creation was born. The blue-turquoise shade of color leads to a felicitous association of the natural element of water. An ink color that let all thoughts flow. Written as words on the paper. Let your customers be fascinated by this new color from the Edelstein® Ink of the Year. It completes the range of blue and green shades of colors in a totally harmonic way. Definitely a Must-Have!”
Apatite could make for a pleasing blueish green ink but there is a lot of competition in that space, and it may be hard for it to distinguish itself. I do think that an M2xx Apatite demonstrator would look good in the chromium plated trim of the M205 line. Of course, the recent Golden Beryl release has shown us that we cannot take anything for granted these days. What do you think of Edelstein Apatite? Will you be picking up a bottle? Leave a comment below and let me know whether or not this one is on target or a big miss for Pelikan.