Got Money to Burn? Pay $730,000 for a Pen

Kavita Mathur, our Guest Blogger, is a public relations professional in the field of Education with a passion for communicating. Taking a much deserved break from her career to bring up her two children, she has gone back to her first love-writing - in her free time. She wanted to share her coolest gadget finds with the readers of

Here's her article:

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Well here is definitely a pen which can write away a fortune in a single stroke! The Limited Edition Mystery Masterpiece.

This pen, which is a joint creation of Mont blanc and Van Cleef Arpels, is an excellent work of craftsmanship and artistry. The two luxury industry giants - pen maker Montblanc and jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels celebrated their centennials in 2006 and have joined forces to collaborate on a one-of-a-kind creation that showcases each company's area of expertise as they both mark the start of their second centuries in existence.

The singularly unique piece of art is handcrafted by a highly skilled artisan and has taken over a year and a half to create. The pen comes in three versions: ruby, sapphire or emerald accented by diamonds, and each have 840 diamonds and 20 carats of gemstones. Each variation is limited to three pieces worldwide for a total of nine writing instruments.

The Mystery Masterpiece features the legendary "Mystery Setting," patented in 1933 by Van Cleef & Arpels, that completely conceals the gemstone settings and creates the illusion of vivid blossoms formed by the rubies, sapphires or emeralds. The writing instrument has up to 70 gems set in this fashion. A special groove is made on the "culet" of each stone, which has also been given four extra facets. Slid onto the threads of the lattice design, the stones are held in place side by side without any visible setting and without any spaces between them.

Montblanc's meticulously crafted skeleton body allows the delicate white gold ornaments to appear to float on the background of transparent resin. A butterfly in white gold with diamonds sits on the clip. The rhodium-plated solid gold nib is finely engraved to commemorate the two companies' centennials.

This exquisite piece of jewelry is priced at $730,000. The fact that it writes is incidental. It uses a fountain-pen system, with a fill piston, so you have to dip it into an inkwell, give the pen a twist and wait for the pen to soak up the ink. The inkwell, it turns out, is sold separately. (So is the ink.) Montblanc suggests a crystal, limited-edition model of the inkwell, which is priced at $1,000.

Now, the challenge will be to find pricey paper worthy of such a fine pen. (via Luxist)

Kavita Mathur
Guest Blogger

Mar 2, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

I think on is fake crystals

I think on is fake crystals would be something I would totally buy. It's very pretty

Mar 3, 2007
by Deepak Niigam (not verified)

The pricey pen

I have a bad habit of losing the pens in office or in car or at any place while filling a form or signing the bills. Hence even though I like this pen but I would never want to have it.

Mar 3, 2007
by leogam (not verified)

What about the ink?

Hi Kavita! A nice article on Pen. How about the ink? Is is made of Gold and Platinum? Please find it out and let us know about it

Mar 3, 2007
by Seema (not verified)

Where is it available

A nice article. Having travelled all over the world and having seen lot of expensive articles at the duty free shops, designer shops, boutiques,etc., have not seen this type of pen. Wonder where it is sold!

Jul 2, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

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