Eclat de saphir (Sapphire blue): sapphire is a gemstone. The terminology probably comes from 2 origins: the Greek with “sappheiros" (a stone of blue color) or from the Hebrew “sappir" (the most beautiful thing). This color is a reminder of J. Herbin and his work at the most prestigious royal courts of Europe.
J. Herbin 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.
Herbin uses all natural dyes in their fountain pen inks. This natural composition is reflected in the very neutral pH of the inks. Each bottle of 30 ml/1 oz ink is elegantly labeled and has a pen rest. They are known as “D bottle pen inks." The “D" refers to the old French unit of measure “la Demi Courtine."