Montblanc High Artistry Collection Celebrates the Beauty of the Taj Mahal

By Paul Joseph

German luxury goods brand Montblanc has added to its legendary portfolio of writing instruments with its latest High Artistry collection that celebrates the iconic Indian landmark the Taj Mahal.

Honouring the famous ivory-white marble Islamic mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra, along with India’s opulent artistic traditions of the Mughal Dynasty, the collection comprises of three writing instruments, each limited to just one piece worldwide.

With the help of the rare métiers d’arts of stone cutting and setting, hand engraving, enameling, and goldwork, all three one-of-a-kind pens vary in appearance thanks to the different materials and gemstones used.

However, they all share the common theme that captures the opulence and magnificence of the great Mughal jewelry traditions, featuring a unique curved shape inspired by the traditional Mughal dagger, which is a sign of power, while the cap top of the pens are designed to recall iconic shape of the dome of the Taj Mahal.

Instead of a traditional clip, the pens also feature a peacock feather, which is a reference to the famous peacock throne made for Shah Jahan in the early 17th century.

Decorated in black and white, the 1 Black Myth edition is inspired by the legend that Shah Jahan planned to build himself a mirror image of the Taj Mahal, only in black, and is made from white gold and encrusted with black sapphires and brilliant-cut diamonds. The crown cap gets one 6.24-karat brilliant-cut diamond, while the peacock feather is set with individual diamonds totaling about 13.68 carats.

The 1 Insignia of Power edition, meanwhile, draws inspiration from the symbolism of the dagger in the Mughal tradition as an insignia of power. The pen is made of 18-karat yellow gold decorated with rough rubies and crowned with a 6.42-karat old mine diamond in recognition of India’s famed diamond mines.

Finally, the 1 Tears of the Moon edition is made of 18-karat yellow gold decorated with rubies, emeralds, and diamonds set in a style recalling Kundan stone setting. A 6.10- carat step-cut emerald is at its crown, and the peacock feather is set with about 14.79 carats of diamonds.

Montblanc was founded by Claus-Johannes Voss, Alfred Nehemias and August Eberstein in Germany in 1908.

By Paul Joseph