The above pen of the year is a tribute to the world famous Catherine Palace in St. Petersburg.
Under the direction of master craftsman Boris Igdalov, the workshop of Zarskoje Selo/Puschkin was able to complete the feat of restoring the Agate Pavilions in September 2013. Igdalov was personally involved in the creation of Pen of the Year, 2014, in that he expertly created a Œuvre by hand in two different, exclusive versions.
Both fountain pens have red-brown, lustrous jasper in common. In order to impart the colour and character of the stone, the filigree detail is cut in the finest plates and meticulously ground. Multiple polishing reveals the desired light nuances and its noble surface gloss.
Three large, mottled jasper pieces are embedded in the lavishly embellished platinum-plated barrel. The cap of the fountain pen is adorned with grey, shimmering, Russian quartz with a facet finish. The fountain pens are limited to 1000 pieces and rollerballs at 300 pieces.
The Special Edition Fountain pen with 24 carat gold plating is limited to 150 pieces and 30 pieces. It is highlighted by small black plates with an inset gold rosette with six beautifully marked jasper stones. The cap is adorned with a sunshine yellow, Russian quartz stones with a twinkling facet finish.
Inscribed by hand, both Pen of the Year 2014 has an 18 carat bicolour gold nib.