Posted on January 20, 2015.
The new Graf von Faber-Castell 2015 Pen of the Year is inspired by the impressive architecture of the “New Palace” the “Sanssouci, Potsdam” bringing the lustre and aesthetics of a major era alive in a fascinating manner. Frederick the Great, as king and connoisseur of decorative natural stones, cultivated a personal and simultaneously regal interest in the rich Silesian deposits then used to do justice to Prussia’s new status. By special sovereign right, the monarch reserved all precious stones and chrysoprase in particular for himself: these stones with their emerald to apple green colouration are considered the most valuable variety of quartz. The New Palace was the culmination of the royal interest. This magnificent building is home to a greater variety of natural stones than any other Frederician palace. Its fascinating architecture was the inspiration for the creation of the “Sanssouci, Potsdam” Pen of the Year. The creation of the “Sanssouci, Potsdam” Pen of the Year demands the highest standards of craftsmanship. The Herbert Stephan gemstone manufactory was singularly predestined for this task. It carries on the great tradition of the Idar Oberstein gemstone workshops, which dates back to the 15th century and is still of world renown. The masters have demonstrated their incomparable skills with impressive results: the platinum plated barrel and cap are adorned by four green Silesian serpentines and a Russian smoky quartz – both ground and polished by hand. Both editions come with an 18-carat, bicolour gold nib that is run in by hand. In the platinum plated editions four large, green Silesian serpentines are embedded into the platinum-plated barrel of the plunger-type fountain pen and envision the aura of these magnificent rooms perfectly. The cap of the fountain pen is adorned with grey, shimmering, Russian quartz with a facet finish. Limited to 1000 pieces for the Fountain Pen and 300 for the Rollerball. The individually numbered Special Edition combines 24-carat gold plating with green serpentine and rare chrysoprase, Frederick’s favourite natural stone. Chrysoprase has not been mined for many years and is only available on the antique stone market. The barrel is decorated with four beautifully designed Silesian serpentines. A rare chrysoprase crowns the cap of the plunger-type fountain pen. Limited to 150 pieces for the Fountain Pen and 30 for the Rollerball. Each writing instrument is individually numbered and comes in a highly polished, deep-black wooden case. It includes a certificate personally signed by the master craftsman of the Herbert Stephan gemstone manufactory attesting to the authenticity of the natural stones. The new Graf von Faber-Castell Sanssouci, Potsdam 2015 Pen of the Year collection will be available online at www.penshop.co.uk soon.