News: Edelstein Ink Of The Year 2023 – Rose Quartz

Pelikan Edelstein Rose Quartz Ink Of The Year 2023

The calendar has flipped, and a new year has begun which means it is time for Pelikan to clue us in on the next special edition ink to join their Edelstein line. New for 2023, this year’s special edition “Ink Of The Year” will be Rose Quartz. The shade of this new ink promises to fall somewhere on a spectrum between pink and red. This new edition will be the twentieth gemstone inspired ink to join the Edelstein line. Pelikan has been playing the special edition ink game for twelve years now, first launching Turmaline in 2012. Since that time, we have had several solid inks along with some really great but too short lived releases. Since Turmaline, we have had Amber (2013), Garnet (2014), Amethyst (2015), Aquamarine (2016), Smoky Quartz (2017), Olivine (2018), Star Ruby (2019), Moonstone (2020), Golden Beryl (2021), and Apatite (2022). Because these are special edition inks, they are generally produced for only one year therefore once supplies run out, they are gone (unless Pelikan decides to resurrect a shade or two down the line).  Rose Quarts will be available in the Spring with an anticipated launch date for some time in March 2023.

Rose Quartz Gemstone

Quartz has the distinction of being one of the most common and varied minerals on Earth. It comes in an abundant variety of colors which gives rise to many gemstone types so there is plenty of fodder from which Pelikan can continue to base their inks. Amethyst and Smoky Quartz are past examples of Pelikan inks inspired by quartz derivatives. Rose Quartz is a hazy or turbid variety of quartz lacking good transparency with a color ranging from a very light to medium intensity pink. Rose Quartz is a common variety found in many places throughout the world. Very large examples have been discovered which allows for sizable gemstones to be cut from it. Rose Quartz’s abundance and lack of full transparency diminishes its desirability as a pink gemstone which makes it less popular than alternatives such as Topaz, Tourmaline, or Kunzite.

Pelikan Edelstein Rose Quartz Ink Of The Year 2023

Without an ink swab available, it is exceedingly difficult to judge just how this will look on paper.  Pelikan describes the color as an “intense-rosé” which will likely be a darker, pinkish hue. That may well limit its utility as an ink for everyday use, but it could fill a nice niche. I’m curious as to how this one will stand out from the likes of Pilot Iroshizuku Kosumosu, Robert Oster Rose Gilt Tynte, or Herbin Bouquet D’antan to name a few. The space for pink hued inks is a crowded one. Anticipated to be available in 50 mL bottles adorned with a silver cap, it does not appear that there will be any glitter in Rose Quartz, unlike the uniquely formulated Golden Beryl which seems to have been a one off for the time being. Regarding their new ink, Pelikan’s website states;

“Softer than the color red, this shade in rosé creates a smooth, heart-warming impression. Every handwriting style turns into a romantic message. The gemstone Rose Quartz shows a fascinating range of color shades from soft-pink to intense-rosé in its natural appearance. To honor this gemstone Rose Quartz a lovely ink color has been created, that matches with its shade intense-rosé the core of the natural range of color. Light as a feather and remarkable soft the written words are expressed on paper. Enchant yourself with this new Edelstein Ink

Pelikan Edelstein Rose Quartz Ink Of The Year 2023

While we must wait for some real world photos to better assess the qualities of this new ink, I find myself somewhat excited thinking about what a matching M2xx Rose Quartz demonstrator might look like. It could be something rather interesting depending on the shade they go with. I’m not sure how popular pink leaning inks are these days, but I would love to hear how much you might use them and what your favorites are. What are your thoughts on the new Edelstein Rose Quartz specifically? Is this one that you will be trying out? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

35 responses

  1. About half of the inks I own are in the pink/red family. I LOVE pink! The color in the illustration looks promising. I’ll probably buy two bottles just in case this color will only be a limited edition. And I would adore a beautiful rosy-pink M2xx. I’ve been wanting Pelikan to come out with a more widely-varied color selection in their pens. With the gems line, especially with the inclusion of the Apatite, they’re doing it. I will be saving up for this one.

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    • There has been no official announcement yet but that has been a solid bet for the past 8 years now and I don’t see them deviating from the pattern this year. We’ll have to wait until later in the year to know for sure.


  2. I’m generally not a pink ink person and gave away the bottle of Star Ruby I had from the Hub meeting that year. I am a little curious. If this is dusty enough it might be a really nice color.

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  3. Good intel, Joshua. Thanks. We look forward to getting a bottle – perhaps in Baltimore? It took me a while to accept Star Ruby as an everyday ink but it’s in my Star Ruby M205 –one of my five currently inked pens. That said, I ALWAYS have Smoky Quartz active in one of my grey M805 or M1000 Stressemanns. Always.

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    • I’ve never used Kosumosu personally but it looks nice in the swabs. I’ll be interested to see where this one falls compared with other manufactures pink varieties.


  4. I like pink inks, and have been using Pelikan’s 4001 Pink, a terrificly vibrant pink, in my m600 pink-white sovereign for a while now.

    Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find it in the US in bottle, only in cartridge, so I had to purchase from abroad…my first bottle came direct from Germany, the second from Japan.

    Hopefully the new pink quartz will be legible, and the matching pen attractive 😊


    • Congrats on having an M600 Pink. Hard to find these days. I think that Rose Quartz is going to set a very different tone than 4001 Pink and am looking forward to seeing the contrast. I agree about the difficulty finding the 4001 Pink ink here in the US. My bottle of 4001 Pink also came from abroad.


  5. I want a Rose Marbled M200! My expectation/ hope will be:
    ‘M201’ – rose gold plated (not yellow gold like M200) furnitures
    Body – rose marbled
    Cap & piston nob – white

    I think it would be cool.

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  6. Thanks for the excellent update! A pink-hued ink not something I would normally buy, put I’m glad to know that Pelikan is producing this color. Your history of Edelstein inks was very interesting.


    • I think that it is important to keep a perspective of what they’ve already produced. I think that it’s instructive in better understanding why they have selected the palate that they have.


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