Bringer of luck, symbol of power, elixir of immortality jade has always been surrounded by a special aura. This unique symbolic and creative energy naturally predestined the green gemstone for a special role in celebrating Faber-Castells 250th anniversary. Eight segments of jade grace the Pen of the Year 2011, symbolizing the eight generations that have made their mark on the family firm to date. With reference to the year 1761 when Faber-Castell was founded, the exclusive edition is limited to 1761 pens.
The Pen of the Year 2011 uses Russian jade, or nephrite. The emerald-coloured stones are delicately mottled; their deep green exhibits some unusually appealing shadings. Numerous processing steps are required before a piece of jade can be inserted into the Pen of the Year. From the first slice of the raw stone to the final polish, the craftsman must recognize its unique nuances and bring out jades natural gleam. Only very experienced jewellers can achieve that. Only a genuine artist can master the cuts typical of jade. Piece by piece, he chisels an ornament from the stone. Platinum-plated surrounds grip the individual pieces of jade perfectly and turn the pen into a very special piece of jewelry. The elaborate faceting of the stone on the end of the cap is the crowning glory of the Pen of the Year.
Each individually numbered pen comes in an exclusive wooden case. The green lid, polished repeatedly to a high gloss, perfectly reflects the colour of the jade. The accompanying certificate bears the personal signature of Count Anton Wolfgang von Faber-Castell, attesting to the limited edition of this jubilee issue.