Source: J. Herbin
Omigosh. I have found the mecca of writing accessories. This is awesome. J. Herbin, according to the press blurb, "is the oldest name in pen inks in the world. M. Herbin created "The Jewel of Inks" in his shop on the Rue des Fosses Saint-Germain in Paris in 1700."
The company deals in writing inks, pens, sealing wax, and other writing accessories (shown above is the packaging for their sealing wax, an art piece in of itself.)
With names like Eclat de Saphir (a deep blue) and Poussiere de Lune (a beautiful purple) how could you not love this company? I'm a sucker for packaging, so slapping a really cool name on something just about does it for me. That and the pedigree make it a 10 out of 10.
Among the standard inks (30 colours) are some really interesting novelties, like their "Invisible Ink" which turns blue under lamp heat and fades as the paper cools, and their "Authentique Ink", used by french notaries on legal documents in the 18th century. "Lettering done in this ink is said to be legible for 300 years."
I just bought three of their coloured writing inks; Rouge Opera, Cafe des Iles, & Bleu Nuit. I'm so exited! My journaling will be even more fun now.