Diamine x Niche Pens Alexandrite Fountain Pen Ink
2019 marks our 15th anniversary of selling pens, inks and stationery accessories on our two websites. We wanted to mark what’s a special time for us with something that will be really, really special for you!
We've named the ink 'Alexandrite' - a 15th anniversary gemstone, with unique colour-changing properties depending on the time of day. A deep teal in daytime light, to a rich red when the light starts to fade at dusk. Our ink, too, changes colour and sheens with changing light perspectives.
Established in England in 1864, Diamine is one of the world's premier ink manufacturers. Since its inception, the company has continued to use the most traditional methods to ensure one of the highest of quality inks on the market. Given the quality of the ink, it is suitable for use in all brands of pen, both modern and vintage.
Notable individuals to have used Diamine ink include presidents Obama and Medvedev when signing 2010's nuclear arms treaty. With dozens of colours in its range, Diamine inks are water-based, acid-free and non-toxic.
The 30ml (1.06oz) bottles are a high-quality plastic and perfectly lightweight for the smaller volume.
The 80ml (2.8oz) bottles have a lovely historic design, with a high quality feel.
Orders within the UK under a total value of £25 will incur a postage charge of either £1.99 for Royal Mail 2nd Class or £2.99 for Royal Mail 1st Class - you are given the choice at checkout. 1st Class is estimated to be 1-2 days and 2nd Class is estimated to be 3-5 days.
All orders of £25 and above will be delivered free of charge to any UK address. They will be either Royal Mail 2nd (if under £50 in value) Royal Mail 1st (if between £50 and £175) or Royal Mail Special Delivery (if over £175)
You will have the option to upgrade to Special Delivery if your order is under £175 at the checkout. Special Delivery is Next Day Guaranteed by 1pm, this excludes the weekends/bank holidays and is dependent on an item being in stock and ordered before 3pm. Please check with us if you are unsure by emailing email@example.com
Orders made before 3pm Monday-Friday will generally be dispatched on the same day. Orders made after 3pm on Friday will be dispatched the following Monday.
|Order Value||Post Service|
|Upto £20||£3.99 for Untracked Airmail|
£7.99 for Tracked/Insured.
N.B: If your order weighs over 2KG, we will probably contact you with a revised price due to the parcel being too heavy to be sent using normal postage methods
You'll also have the option to use DHL for shipment by selecting it as checkout, the price will be £27.50 or £45 depending on whether you are Europe or Rest of World.
VAT and Currency
If you live in the UK, VAT at the current applicable rate is included in all product and shipping prices and is automatically calculated at the checkout stage. There should be two prices shown on our site - including and excluding VAT.
If only one price is showing, it will be the excluding VAT price. We have a hidden calculator to add VAT for UK customers on each page, but it may take a few seconds to load and display both prices.
If you live elsewhere, including the EU, no VAT will be charged on products or postage. The cost will be automatically calculated at checkout when you input your country.
All prices are shown in British pounds sterling (£) as standard, but you can select alternative currencies in the top menu. You can pay in your own currency and you will know exactly the price and not worry about bank charges or conversion rates adding any extra cost after payment.
We ship the majority of our orders via Royal Mail.
For deliveries in the UK, Royal Mail suggests 1-4 working days for parcels to arrive.
For deliveries in Europe, Royal Mail suggest 5-7 working days for parcels to arrive.
For deliveries to the Rest of the World, Royal Mail suggests up to 14 working days for parcels to arrive.
If you find that your order has taken longer than the suggested delivery time, before you contact us please ensure that you have checked with your local sorting office to see if they have your order. They will not always leave you a card to inform you that there is a parcel waiting for you, but you can generally call or visit with some identification and they can give you your parcel if it is there.
In the case that your order has been returned back to us because it was left unclaimed or the delivery address was wrong or incomplete, it will be the customers' responsibility to pay for rescheduled delivery.
An item has arrived damaged or is doesn’t work as it should.
Sadly, sometimes an item can get damaged in the post. If it is an obvious issue like a smashed bottle, please contact us and we can arrange remedying it for you with an aim to minimise the trouble for you. Sometimes, customers new to a product or pen can think there is an issue with a product and it is actually a misunderstanding of how it works – again, please contact us so we can help where we can in explaining or remedying the issue with as little disruption to you as we can.
I'd like to exchange a fountain pen nib for a different width.
Many fountain pens are available with several nib width options from the manufacturer and we try to offer width options wherever possible. If you are not convinced you have the right nib width for you, the manufacturer will generally be able to arrange a nib swap within 4 weeks of purchase as long as the nib is in saleable and undamaged condition – you can ink the pen to test it to be sure. We can provide you with the manufacturer’s contact details so you can arrange the exchange but if necessary, we can arrange it for you at a set charge of £10.
I've changed my mind and would like to return my order for a refund
If you decide you don’t want your items after all within 30 days of making the purchase, you can return them for a full refund as long as they are in saleable condition. Return postage will be at your expense.
If you have inked a fountain pen, you will need to discuss with us whether we can accept this back, but it is normally subject to a £10 cleaning fee.
You can include your name and order number along with a note explaining what you would like to do.
I would like to exchange an item or order.
This is not an issue. Send the item or order back to us along with your name, order number and what you want to exchange to. We aim to arrange exchanges within 2 working days of return and will be in touch to arrange additional payment if necessary. Refunds due to lower cost of replacement items can generally be done without us needing to contact you.