Golden Sands is one of ten colours that form part of the Diamine Shimmertastic collection. Initially I had no intention of actually buying a full bottle of this colour. I mean after all, it’s yellow – and I already had two yellowish colours that have seen very little real world use. But then I got a sample…
This colour is the exact colour of a gold glitter gel pen. Not the metallic gel pens, the glitter ones. Granted, this is most probably not what most people envision their writing or formal documents to look like, but that’s what birthdays are for. 🙂
Even though I positively enjoy using this colour, and I find the label and box pretty I am not fan of the bottle at all.
In fact I may even be willing to say I dislike it. The J.Herbin bottles are downright stunning though not very practical but this bottle is simply medicinal looking, with the addition of being impractical. (I know this is strange since I like to Rhorer & Klingner bottles just fine – and you could argue the look and feel of those isn’t all that different.)
Its a 50ml bottle and in my personal opinion I find the normal Diamine 80ml bottles much more appealing, and at least the Diamine 150 Anniversary bottle is interesting. The only thing I like about the bottle is that the cap matches the shimmer colour in the ink.
Then again, how important is the bottle, when the ink is pure gold right?
When looking at the page straight on, the shimmer isn’t that pronounced – the colour is more of a medium to dark yellow with highlights.
The minute you tilt the page it turns into over the top shimmery goodness.
As with all shimmer containing inks:
- You always need to shake the bottle before filling.
- While writing you need to routinely rotate the pen, and turn it upside down a few times to prevent the shimmer from settling.
- Extra Fine and Fine nibs tend to give hard starts – stopped the flow completely in my EF nib. This type of ink is defiantly best used in M nibs and up.
- Clean up requires a bit more dedication then normal. If you are hell bent on removing every single trace of shimmer then it requires commitment and a pen you can easily disassemble.
For me, none of the above is a deal breaker – and personally I like the bit of shimmer residue that finds its way onto the page from a new ink fill.
Water resistance is non-existent as expected, and the shading seems to show itself much better in the calligraphy letters, then in the actual shade swatch.
It’s just so sparkly. 🙂
This ink provides loads of entertainment if you start experimenting by mixing it with the normal Diamine ink range. You can really get some interesting and unique colours – just mix in small amounts and don’t cross contaminate your inks…
As always, this ink can be found here: Diamine Golden Sands