"1670" Inks Collection

1670 Inks Collection by Herbin

The 1670 Collection celebrates the rich life and adventures of J. Herbin, an enterprising French sailor of the mid-17th century. While he was in the employ of the Compagnie des Indes Orientales, he made a number of voyages to India, collecting ingredients and formulas for his sealing wax and inks.

Caroube de Chypre

VIDEO: Caroube de Chypre

J. Herbin was fond of dried carob pods as a healthy food during his voyages. As with other merchants, he traded or purchased them in Cyprus.

Carob trees have been cultivated in Mediterranean countries since ancient times. Carob pods were known for their therapeutic properties and were marketed throughout Europe as the "black gold of Cyprus."

This new anniversary ink is called "Caroube de Chypre" - Cyprus Carob - because of its deep brown color. Caroube de Chypre is a dark brown ink with light red reflections and sparkling gold effect.

Emerld Chivor Ink by Herbin



Emeraude de Chivor

VIDEO: Emeraude de Chivor

Herbin is said to have kept an emerald in his pocket during his voyages as a good luck charm. These precious gemstones have been treasured for centuries for having magical healing properties and as protective talismans. One of the purest emerald deposits in the world, the Chivor mine in the Andes was discovered in the middle of the 16th century by Spanish conquistadors.

Chivor emeralds were much in demand, and the royalty of India, Persia and Turkey sought the New World treasures once the gems arrived in Europe. Emeralds were enormously popular in the Mughal Court of India, whose rulers referred to them as "Tears of the Moon" because of their opaque transparency.

Emeraude de Chivor is an elegant emerald green ink with flecks of gold.

Emerld Chivor Ink by Herbin


Stormy Grey

VIDEO: Stormy Grey

Stormy seas are the inspiration for Herbin’s 1670 ink, “Stormy Grey.” Its color is a deep coal grey (anthracite) with flecks of gold. On his many voyages, Herbin encountered dark and wild oceans. The fine golden flecks in the ink are meant to invoke both strikes of lightening across the water, and also its dark and mysterious depths.



Stormy Grey Ink by Herbin

Stormy Grey 1670 Anniversary Ink by Herbin



Bleu Ocean

VIDEO: Blue Ocean

The deep blue ink with a golden sheen recalls the sea voyages of Herbin to the Mughal Empire of India. In those days India was a primary supplier of indigo dye. Bleu Ocean takes its inspiration from those adventurous journeys.




Ocean Blue 1670 Anniversary Ink by Herbin

Ocean Blue 1670 Anniversary Ink by Herbin



Rouge Hematite

To celebrate the 340th anniversary of the founding of Herbin, we introduced a new color, "Rouge Hematite," especially made for this event.

VIDEO: Rouge Hematite: In Use

With a dark red color and earthy tone, Rouge Hematite ink is a reminder of the historic color of the Herbin logo and the sealing wax used by members of the royal courts.

The sealing wax on the bottle is reminiscent of the Herbin wax used for the "grand cru" wines of France.

The design on the box represents the life of Herbin. The ship, anchor and palm tree represent navigation and discovery. The crown is a reference to the red sealing wax used by the royal court.

Rouge Hermatite 1670 Anniversary Ink by Herbin

Rouge Hematite Ink by Herbin






Emeraude de Chivor Ink by Herbin
Caroube de Chypre, 50ml
Reference # H150/45
Hand-dipped wax seal cap


Emeraude de Chivor Ink by Herbin
Emeraude de Chivor, 50ml
Reference # H150/35
Hand-dipped wax seal cap


Stormy Grey 1670 Ink by Herbin
Stormy Grey, 50ml
Reference # H150/09
Hand-dipped wax seal cap


Bleu Ocean 1670 Anniversary Ink by Herbin
Bleu Ocean, 50ml
Reference # H150/18
Hand-dipped wax seal cap


Rouge Hermatite 1670 Anniversary Ink by Herbin
Rouge Hematite, 50ml
Reference # H150/26