Stationery Saturday: Diamine Shimmering Inks

Stationery Saturday: Diamine Shimmering Inks

This autumn, British ink manufacturer Diamine released more of their wonderful Shimmering inks. If you haven’t heard of them (Where have you been?!), they are beautiful coloured inks with gold or silver particles suspended in the ink meaning the ink shimmers on the paper.

Here, I thought I’d share with you four of the new colours…

Diamine Shimmering Moon Dust

Diamine Shimmering Moon Dust

Moon Dust ink sample

Moon Dust is a grey ink with silver particles which gives it a dark silver look. I think a lighter grey would have given this ink a more natural silver look, but nevertheless, it is still a decent grey colour.

Moon Dust Ink Sample

If you look deep into the wet ink spot, I love how it looks like you could be stood on the dark side of the moon, staring out into the abyss of stars.

Diamine Shimmering Ink - Moon Dust Ink Spat

Diamine Shimmering Tropical Glow

Diamine Shimmering Tropical Glow

Tropical Glow Ink Sample

Tropical Glow is a turquoise ink with silver particles. It’s a little too green for my liking, but still a lovely colour. There are so many particles in this ink that the shimmer is easily noticeable.

Tropical Glow Ink Splat

Again, the wet ink spot has a starry night sky look to it.

Diamine Shimmering Blue Flame

Diamine Shimmering Blue Flame Ink

Blue Flame Ink Sample

A royal blue ink with gold particles. Royal blue is a standard colour in fountain pen ink, but why not jazz it up a bit with this shimmering version? It really is beautiful.

Blue Flame Ink Splat

Diamine Shimmering Lilac Satin

Diamine Shimmering Lilac Satin

Lilac Satin Ink Sample

A light blue-purple ink with silver particles. This has to be my favourite of these four shimmering inks. Purple has always been a favourite colour of mine, but this is just such a delightful colour. I sat and wrote a letter with it yesterday afternoon.

Lilac Satin Ink Splat

Diamine Shimmering inks look fantastic in demonstrator fountain pens (for the uninitiated, these are fountain pens where you can see the inner workings of the fountain pen). I tested a few of these inks in a TWSBI Eco fountain pen with a 1.1 stub nib and was almost mesmerised watching the particles float around after a gentle shake (it’s akin to shaking a snow globe!).

Obviously, these Shimmering inks are not your everyday inks (unless you like a bit of daily shimmer in your life!), but they are wonderful for writing cards and letters or even for jazzing up your journal. I’ve found them to be “wet” inks, but fairly quick drying, however, they’re not waterproof. I’ll certainly be trying out more colours, though.

Just a warning: As with all these Shimmering inks, you need to give the bottle a good shake before filling your pen otherwise the metallic particles will be sat at the bottom of the bottle. Similarly, do remember to give your pen a bit of a shake every now and then to make sure the particles flow through the pen.

If you’d like to buy any Diamine Shimmering Inks, I’d recommend the following websites:

Diamine Inks
Cult Pens
The Writing Desk (Ink samples are also available at The Writing Desk)
Pure Pens (Ink samples are also available at Pure Pens)

Many thanks to Diamine for providing ink samples to United Inkdom members in return for unbiased reviews.


What do you think of these Diamine Shimmering inks? Have you tried any? If not, are they something you’d like to try?


  1. Kelly says:

    Ooo, these are so beautiful and shimmery! I’m guessing the particles in no way hinder the flow of the ink.

    Even though I’m a pencil gal, I’m so tempted by your posts to get back into some fountain pen writing!

  2. Barbara says:

    Hi Nikki, I have to admit I had not heard of them – as for where have I been? Who knows, hear, there and everywhere is probably the best answer I can give. 🙂
    However, now I have heard of them – I love them! Tropical Glow is my favourite closely followed by Lilac Satin, I’m not keen on the Blue Flame it looks a little harsh for my liking. You are right about them being nice for writing cards, and what a lovely idea.
    Have a great Christmas, Barbara

  3. Anca says:

    It’s the first time I see shimmering inks. I saw the pens with glitter, but these look so much better. Writing Christmas cards with them will be a must for next year.

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