Today we are going to take a look at the four De Atramentis Pearlescent Indian Blue inks, and just looking at the swabs I like the copper version best, so most of the photos will feature Indian Blue Copper. 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 but no 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 as well as clogging.
Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): De Atramentis Indian Blue Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Copper. Click here to see the De Atramentis inks together.
J. Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean, Diamine Arabian Nights, and De Atramentis Columbia Blue Silver. The Columbia Blue pearlescent inks are pretty close to Indian Blue, so I wish De Atramentis would have picked one or the other instead of doing both. Arabian Nights is a bit more purple than Indian Blue. Click here to see the blue inks together.
Overall, there is a ton of shimmer in these inks, but every pen had clogging and flow issues.
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.