The latest addition to our Elegance Series highlights 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."
Conway Stewart Elements 'Water' joins our line of Elegance series
limited editions, following the success of the Deco Diamond and
the sold-out Westminster. Each edition from the Elegance series
has a unique design and is produced to the highest standard of
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.
The Elements 'Water' 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
Our use of a solid sterling silver section
leaves the Elements-Water perfectly balanced. With the weight
of the pen centered low in the hand, writing with the Elements
series becomes a pleasure.