Description Jacques Herbin 1798 Amethyste de l'Oural fountain pen ink is a rich, deep shade of purple with silver shimmer particles and comes as a 3ml sample in a plastic vial with a dip at the bottom to allow you to easily get every drop, labeled with the name of the ink brand and color. Amethyst de l'Oural ink is inspired by the gemstone trade of the 16th and 17th centuries. Amethyst stones from Russia, Brazil and the island of Sri Lanka were eagerly sought after for the calming, meditative and lucid dream-like qualities. Jacques Herbin does include a fairly strict warning on the box, letting users know to clean out this highly saturated ink from your pen on a regular basis, but the ink is safe for fountain pens. The shimmer particles settle out of suspension fairly quickly, and these particles can be seen on the bottom of the bottle. The ink, and your pen, should be gently agitated before, and occasionally during, use for best results. For a thorough review of this ink, check out our thINKthursday blog post. Having trouble deciding between colors? Use our Ink Comparison Tool to quickly and easily view different colors side by side. We offer Free Shipping on all orders over $59 for US customers, and for orders over $250 for our Canadian customers.