Turquoise, which chemically is a hydrated form of Copper Aluminium Phosphate (where blue/green colour comes from Cu atoms) is the most common component of Native American Jewellery. For the Navajo tribe (Southwest USA) the colour – turquoise represents happiness, luck, and health.
The colour of Navajo Turquoise ink is not easy to define in one word. It looks more like cerulean blue with cyan accents rather than greenish turquoise as many people may think of. Wet Navajo Turquoise ink looks absolutely gorgeous. The blue is very deep and vibrant, but also beautifully emphasized and complemented by the presence of cyan component.
Noodler’s Navajo Turquoise shades nicely, (preferably with wet or broader nibs) and the colour gradates from darker cerulean blue to much lighter and brighter cyan tones, which looks very attractive on the paper. With flexible nibs, shading is rather a gradient and continuous where cyan colour is more pronounced on lighter upstrokes and blue present on downstrokes written with some extra pressure. Firmer italic or broad nibs may produce shading which appears in a more distinct manner. There is no sheen or ‘halo’ effect.
- For vintage or new fountain pens
- A beautiful turquoise blue without any green