Homage to C.G. Jung
Alchemy - a pen divided in two: two are the nibs, where symbolically the dualistic thought still lives, before the necessary transformation; which will make Jung say - as already anticipated by Alchemy - that we cannot speak of Good without Evil, of Light without Darkness, and of Above without Below.
From the Emerald Table (VI-VII century)
Alchemy is one of the forgotten finds that Jung has brought to light from the darkness of our past.
That which is below is like that which is above
and that which is above is like that which is below
to do the miracles of one only thing.
And all things have been and arose
from one by the mediation of one;
so alll things
have their birth from this one thing by adaptation.
The Sun is its father, the moon its mother,
the wind hath carried it in its belly,
the earth is its nurse.
Separate thou the earth from the fire, the
subtle from the gross, sweetly with great industry.
It ascends from the earth to the heaven
it descends to the earth and receives the force
of things superior and inferior.
Alchemy comes only as a desk set.
The pen is magnetically suspended inside a display with two dragons forming a circle, which represents the life cycle.
A cone-shaped clear inkwell holds the dragons and the pen vertically.
Total heigth of the set: cm. 23.5
The body in red resin has two opposite nibs with which to write in two different colors of ink
or in two different types of nibs.
Both the pen and the set are finished in sterling silver and vermeil, or white gold and yellow gold.
A precious version has also been realized, in only 38 pieces worldwide, with 344 white and yellow diamonds and rubies.
Visconti has gathered in the Alchemy pen the most significant symbols of the Alchemic Opus:
Ouroboros: the figure of a snake eating its own tail. With this imaginary symbol the pagan world wanted to represent the perpetual movement of the world: the unity of everything (the circle), which is distributed in the multiplicity of its cyclic transformations (the coils of the snake symbolize the lunar phases), returns in itself (the junction of the tail of the snake with its head), thus reconciling the apparent contradiction between and the unity and the multiplicity.
Red colour: Rubedo, or the final phase of the alchemic process or great work, consisting of the philosophers' stone.
Cosmic diagrams: from the Sylva Philosophorum. They represent the macrocosm and the philosophers' stone with their relationships.
Androgynous: gold and silver. The philosophers attribute the female character (the Moon) to the humid and cold matter, and the male character to the hot and dry matter (the Sun)
Alembic: the inkwell. It represents the laboratory of alchemy and the necessary work to complete the Opus.
HRH: 38 pieces
White/yellow solid Gold: 238 pieces
Silver/vermeil: 1038 pieces
Its large two-tone nibs are 18 kt gold, available as F/M or M/B.
Filling system: eye dropper.