Today we are going to take a look at the four De Atramentis Pearlescent Columbia Blue inks, and just looking at the swabs I like the silver version best, so most of the photos will feature Columbia Blue Silver. I purchased my samples of ink from Vanness Pens.
Left to right, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Copper. The copper version looks a bit purple when compared to the others.
The shimmer isn't visible when the ink is wet, it only appears when the ink dries.
In large swabs there is a ton of shimmer and a little bit of reddish sheen.
Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.
Dry time: After 30 seconds the ink is completely dry, but you can still smear the shimmer.
Water resistance: Low
Show through: Medium
On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering and bleeding in every nib size.
Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): De Atramentis Columbia Blue Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Copper. Click here to see the De Atramentis inks together.
Overall, there is a ton of shimmer in these inks, but each nib handles the shimmer differently. I got the most consistent shimmer from wet flex nibs, but I did have clogging issues with every nib size.
Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and is not sponsored in any way.