Review by Laura Cameron
When I was at the Chicago Pen Show, the color we couldn’t keep in stock was Diamine’s Aurora Borealis (30mL, $7.50). So the last time I loaded up my cart at JetPens, I threw a bottle in to give it a whirl.
Aurora Borealis is one of my favorite colors, a rich teal colored ink.
It appears to shade a bit in writing, and it does have a hint of a purple red sheen in heavy applications.
Although this color is one of my favorites, I had tons of comparative options to choose from in my stash of inks. I find that it is very close to 3 Oysters Marine Green (thought Marine Green is a scotch darker and has much more sheen). The lighter bits of Aurora Borealis are also very close to the darker sections of Colorverse Morning Star. I had thought it might be close to Monteverde California Teal, but as you can see here California Teal is somewhat greener. Though not pictured, Robert Oster Deep Sea is also in the same color family.
Overall, I really like Diamine inks and I think they’re a good value for the money, so if you’re looking for a teal alternative to pricier inks, I think Aurora Borealis is a winner!
- Paper: Crossfield Journal ($24.00)
- Pen: Delike Glass Signature Pen ($37.80)
- Swatches: Col-o-Ring Ink Testing Book ($10) and Col-o-Dex Rotary Cards ($15)
- Inks: Diamine’s Aurora Borealis (30mL, $7.50)
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