The latest additions to our Elegance
Series highlight the four elements of Nature.
Ancient philosophies commonly used
a set of four archetypal elements to explain the patterns they
observed in nature. For these cultures Water, Earth, Wind, and
Fire made up the basic building blocks of the universe.
The Greek version of these ideas
dates from pre-Socratic times and lingered through the Middle
Ages and into the Renaissance, deeply influencing both European
thought as well as culture.
The concept is much older in the
Far East, being widely disseminated in both India and China, where
it formed the basis of Buddhism and Hinduism.
To ancient cultures both Eastern and Western,
each of these creative elements are necessary for human life.
They have positive and negative aspects.
The Earth without Water to moisten it, without
Fire to warm it, and without Air to surround it, would be a lifeless
The elements work in harmony, even though at times
their contrary aspects may seem in conflict with each other, to
create and to sustain life.
Water as an element was seen as a great
necessity, because without it nothing could live. Since
only earth and water can bring forth a living soul, as an
element it forms a vital building block for nature. Such
was the greatness of this element that spiritual regeneration
would not be considered to have been complete without it.
Thales of Miletus concluded that water was
the beginning of all things and the first of all elements
and most potent because of its mastery over the rest. Pliny
said, "Water swallows up the earth, extinguishes the
flame, ascends on high, and by stretching forth as clouds
challenges the heavens for their own, and the same falling
down, becomes the cause of all things that grow in the earth."
Rich blue enamel layered over the deep
guilloche engraving on the barrel gives emphasis and depth
to the fluid waves of the barrel design, representing
both the power and grace of Water as an element.
The fluid engraving pattern is offset
by the crisp pattern of lines and diamonds in dark blue
enamel set into the gleaming sterling silver cap.
Earth is the base for all elements. It is
a building block of stability, strength and dependable.
The Earth is the kingdom of wisdom, knowledge, power, strength,
growth and prosperity. It is also the physical Earth on
which we live and is the very heart of life. It is essential
for prosperity, fertility and solidity.
The Earth is also viewed as our mother,
providing nourishment and shelter for farmland and creatures.
Earth takes on qualities of Fire, Air and Water elements.
Without Earth, life as we know it could not exist. Earth
is one of the four classical elements in ancient Greek philosophy
and science. Earth is considered to be both cold and dry,
and according to Plato is associated with the cube.
We have selected a combination of rich copper
brown and glowing viridian green enamels to set off the
guilloche engraving on our Earth Pen. These two colours
subtly blend together, representing the nature of the ground
bringing forth plant life.
The bright silver cap is decorated with
the line and diamond pattern in matching copper brown enamel.
The element of Fire is creative and destructive.
Fire can protect us -- keep us warm, used for cooking, and
to ward off the darkness of night. Without the fire of our
Sun, there would be no daylight. Fire is the element which
fuels our passions.
Fire can only survive through consuming
another element. Fire gives energy and light but if uncontrolled,
its destructive aspect will consume all things and darkness,
making all things barren.
Fire is one of the four classical elements
in ancient Greek philosophy and science. Fire is considered
to be both hot and dry, and according to Plato is associated
with the tetrahedron. In one Greek myth, Prometheus stole
fire from the gods to protect the otherwise helpless humans
and was tortured for his kindness.
Rich glowing Fire Red and a bright Flame
Yellow enamel are layered over the deep guilloche engraving
on the barrel mixing together to emphasise the gentle curves of the deep engravings on the barrel, the combination representing
strength and passion as an element.
The flowing engraving design is offset by
the crisp outline of horizontal lines and diamonds in the
fire red enamel set into the gleaming sterling silver cap.
The element of Air is vital to human existence,
without it we would all perish. Air is the manifestation
of movement, freshness, communication and of the intelligence.
Sound is another manifestation of this element. As an element,
it is invisible, but its reality can be felt in the air
that we breathe in every day. Air is the element of new
life and new possibilities and is essential to growth. Air
is often seen as a universal power or pure substance.
Platos student Aristotle (384-322
BCE) developed a different explanation for the elements
based on pairs of qualities. The four elements were arranged
concentrically around the canter of the universe to form
the sublunary sphere. According to Aristotle, air is both
hot and wet, and occupies a place between fire and water
among the elemental spheres. Aristotle definitively separated
air from aether. For him, aether was an unchanging, almost
divine substance that was found only in the heavens, where
it formed celestial spheres.
We have selected vivid light blue and shimmering
grey enamel to represent the nature of this element, and
the two colours mix fluidly over the crisp guilloche engraving
of the barrel. The matching cap motif is accented in the
same vivid blue enamel as the barrel.
The Elements edition is available in fountain
pen and roller ball writing modes. The fountain pen is mounted
with the large rhodium plated, iridium tipped 18 carat solid
gold nib. It utilizes the reliable converter cartridge filling
Our use of a solid sterling silver section leaves
the Elements Limited Edition series perfectly balanced. With the weight of the
pen centered low in the hand, writing with this series
becomes a pleasure.
Nib grades: Extra Fine to Extra Broad, Italic Fine, Italic Medium,
Filling mechanism: converter cartridge