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The Royal Ballet Contemporary Range in 18 carat Gold


British-made luxury 18ct gold pens in the style of Fabergé

Crafted using the traditional skills of guilloché engraving and vitreous enamelling, these limited edition Contemporary designs are masterpieces of the pen-maker’s art.

The Essence of Contemporary Dance

Commissioned by the Royal Opera House to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the founding of The Royal Ballet, the Contemporary range uses an image of two ballet dancers as the basis for a design which has been translated into enamel over guilloché engraved 18ct gold.

The strong, elegant image and the bold, vibrant colours capture perfectly the strength, fluidity and movement of contemporary dance. The pens are available in three different colours, white, ruby and blue, each one in an edition of just 75 worldwide.

Each pen bears ‘The Royal Ballet’ inscription around the cap and the figure ‘75’ is embossed on the end of the cap to commemorate the anniversary.

Meticulous craftsmanship

The meticulous craftsmanship involved in the production of each pen has changed very little since Carl Fabergé perfected these techniques over 100 years ago.

First, the evocative dancer icon (right) is engraved into the body of the pen onto the background pattern called Foxhead. Then the wonderful translucent coloured enamel is hand-applied over the pattern using a goose quill before being kiln fired at temperatures up to 1000°C. The dancer icon is then high-lighted in black enamel.

The result is simply stunning! The pen glows with quality. As a personal gift or presentation for anyone who is either involved in dance or loves ballet, it has no equal.

Onoto nibs – Probably the Best on the market

Put ‘pen to paper’ and you’ll be amazed at the smoothness of the exclusive Onoto 18ct gold #7 nib. It is available in broad, fine or medium widths to suit your handwriting style.


Custom nibs also available

And if you prefer to use a special nib – an italic, stub or oblique, for example – you can have our gold nib ground to your exact specification by one of the UK’s leading nib-masters. Just complete your requirements in the shopping cart.

Lifetime Guarantee

Like all modern Onoto pens, The Royal Ballet Contemporary pen comes with a lifetime guarantee. If there’s ever a problem with your pen, just return it to us and we’ll repair it for you free of charge.*

(* See guarantee card for full details. Does not apply to accidental damage.)

Certificate of Authenticity

The Royal Ballet Contemporary pens are produced in limited editions of 75. Each one comes with a Royal Ballet Presentation Box and a signed Certificate of Authenticity, together with an Onoto History booklet, a Royal Ballet history booklet, a Royal Ballet blotter and a cleaning cloth to keep your pen in tip-top condition. Also included is a leaflet on “How to care for your Fountain Pen”, and a booklet on the English Hall-marks to explain the history of these stamps of quality. 

Gold prices

Please note that prices shown for solid gold pens are an estimate only. Actual prices will be confirmed on receipt of order and will be based on the price of gold at the date of order. 



Made in England – with pride
The Royal Ballet Contemporary range is completely hand-made in England and each pen bears the hallmarks of the London Assay office to confirm the purity of the materials used - 18 carat gold.

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No Risk, 30 Day 100% Refund GUARANTEE
You can acquire the Onoto Royal Ballet Contemporary pens without risk, thanks to our 30 day 100% refund guarantee. It is a cornerstone of our business that if for any reason, you wish to return the pen, you may do so within 30 days of receipt for a full refund of the purchase price, without question.


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Royal Opera House / The Royal Ballet / The Royal Opera trademark used under licence from Royal Opera House, London           

 Specification Table

Material: 18 carat gold
Nib: 18ct gold Onoto size 7
Cap and Barrel fittings: Guilloche engraved 18 carat gold
With vitreous enamel overlay
Length - Cap closed: 148mm
Length - Uncapped including nib:
Barrel diameter:
9 – 13.2mm
Cap diameter:
14 – 16.5mm
Cap length:
Weight: 105gms
Nib Options: Fine, medium or broad nib as standard.
Customised stub, italic or other styles available to order.
Rollerball or fineliner also available.
Ink feed: Converter (provided) or standard European cartridge

The Royal Ballet Contemporary Range in 18 carat Gold


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Custom Nib £62.50

Pricing and Quantity

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Price: £2,295.00 (excluding your options)


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