PenGems: Review and First Impression

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As someone who adores sparkly objects and has a deep appreciation for a solid pen, I’m very surprised it’s taken me this long to place an order at PenGems. For some odd reason, I wasn’t following any of the PenGems accounts on my main social media, but I still managed to stumble upon the re-release of the Northern Lights collection. My excitement level grew from 0 to 100 in milliseconds flat. I had wanted to purchase the pens previously, but the newest collection pulled me in. Not only did I enjoy the pens with the gold hardware, but the colors were absolutely gorgeous. Everything about these pens called to me and I couldn’t be more excited to finally own my own PenGems.

The Northern Lights collection was my first ever purchase and I had no idea what to expect, but I did know that I had a 10% off code that I could use and that was a wonderful perk. Armed with the knowledge of the collection being released, I signed up for the VIP newsletter so I could receive the link for the full collection. Fortunately for my impatient self, I had discovered the new collection only a few days prior to its release meaning I didn’t have to wait long at all. In fact, I didn’t have to wait long at all through the whole process.

The email for the new collection came on a Friday, I made my order a few hours after the e-mail was sent, received my shipping notice on Saturday morning, and received the pens on Monday morning. I have never had fast shipping like that before so I was beyond thoroughly impressed to receive them so quickly. The entire process was very quick and easy from start to finish. I was so impressed by how fast the shipping was I immediately made a second order to have duplicates of two of the colors and also pick up a pen from the Coffee Shop line.

Anyone who took advantage of purchasing the Northern Lights collection as a full set was treated to very pretty packaging. Each set was shipped in a beautiful sleeve featuring the Northern Lights and in that the pens were placed in a plastic sleeve to help protect them. I will admit that I’m not sure that this particular packaging is standard when purchasing full collections, but it was a fantastic touch. In addition to the gorgeous packaging, everyone who preordered the set also received a mini-notebook made with stone paper, meaning it’s waterproof and tear-resistant. Such a cool little addition!

The total cost of the Northern Lights collection was $45 with the 10% off code. The pens retail at $9 for their signature collection (the silver hardware) and $10 for their autograph collection (the gold hardware). Special and limited edition pens appear to also be priced at $10 as well.

Now let’s take a moment to discuss the build of the pens themselves, as they are put together fantastically. The sparkle and shine that comes from these pens are amazing. They dazzle the room regardless of whether or not there’s sunlight coming in, providing a gleam even in dark places. However, when the sun hits these pens, they shine like no tomorrow.

Every pen is set in either gold or silver hardware, with over 120 crystals (wow!!!) in each pen and featuring a matching rhinestone at the top. They come with black ballpoint ink and ships with a refill! If you prefer to have blue ink you can request it upon ordering and will be sent a blue refill. Certain brands of gel ink refills can also be purchased at an additional charge and are designed to fit the pens so you never have to be without your favorite ink. In addition to being able to purchase gel ink, additional colors are also available at an extra charge. As long as you have the pen, you’re able to customize your ink choice and ink color meaning you can get many years out of your PenGems. Look at the pens as an investment and commitment to always having a sparkle in your life because that’s always a wonderful thing to have.

This is the Cappuccino PenGem from the Coffee Shop collection. This pen is part of the Signature collection which features the silver hardware versus the gold.

Right out of the box, these pens work fantastically! Ordinarily, with a ball-point pen, you have to “warm” the ink up to get it flowing, but these pens started writing right away! I’m a girl who was 100% sure that she would never want to use a ballpoint pen again, but between the quality and how smoothly the ink flows, I’ve officially changed my mind. I’ll always enjoy the darkness and crispness of a gel ink, but I am on board with keeping these pens with ballpoint ink.

Overall, I truly and genuinely can say I adore these pens. I have been fascinated by them for a few years, but only recently have been in a position where I could purchase them myself. They are extremely sturdy and would make wonderful gifts, whether for yourself or for someone else. The price-point of the pens is wonderful and being able to catch a new release with whatever goodies they might be adding in is even better! PenGems are a full experience and the care they show in maintaining their brand isn’t something that you find often anymore. All of the little touches add to the experience.

If you’re interested in making your own PenGems purchase, I would appreciate it if you purchased through my link – You’ll receive 10% Off at PenGems for your first order!

Make sure that you follow PenGems on their social media so you’re in the loop for any future releases!

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1 Comment

  1. April 2, 2017 / 4:57 pm

    You should! I’m mad that I didn’t buy the rose gold one when they first released that collection. I can find it else-where, but would’ve loved to have purchased directly from the PenGems website.

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