BEST of the BEST 2014 | Style | Pens: The Graf von Faber-Castell Pen of the Year 2014 Special Edition

The Graf von Faber-Castell Pen of the Year 2014 Special Edition (+49.911.9965.0, www​.graf-von-faber-castell​.com) is the 11th entry in the German pen maker’s annual collection of writing instruments, each of which is distinguished by a unique material incorporated into its barrel. Inspired by the ornate Agate Rooms of the 18th-century Catherine Palace near St. Petersburg, Russia, the 2014 edition, which is priced at $9,500, features a barrel inlaid with six slats of red-and-brown Russian jasper—known as agate when the rooms were constructed during the 1780s. The jasper slats are framed by black-resin panels adorned with gold rosettes. Available in a limited edition of 150 rollerballs and 30 fountain pens, the Special Edition pen is handcrafted by the artisans of the Catherine Palace’s own Amber Workshop.