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Gold Friday and Christmas Delivery Dates

My Gold Friday gift for you ~


Many businesses offer a discount on ‘Black’ Friday, yet we also know how much prices have increased recently on everything… I haven’t increased my prices al all but due to the increased price of materials – precious metals, diamonds used in my work, packaging, services like hallmarking etc., to be able to deliver the same service and the same high quality from 25th December all work will have an increase of 20% on the price reported on the online shop now with effect from 25th of December.

So if you ever dreamed about one of my pieces now is the best time to buy or commission work (if you commission a bespoke piece of jewellery up until 25th December you will pay the old price without an increase).

CHRISTMAS DELIVERY DATES


Commissioned pieces take three weeks to make: please be sure to order in time. The latest order date for made-to-order pieces for CHRISTMAS delivery is Wednesday 30th November.

My last day for posting CHRISTMAS orders of available ready-made jewellery is Wednesday 21st December. If you need something for a specific date please contact me, as I may be able to prioritise your order.

(It is all about UK delivery!)

Please contact me for Europe & International delivery queries.

 

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Apologies for breaking my promise ~

Apologies for breaking my promise ~


First of all I would like to apologise for breaking my promise. I said I would send a newsletter in a month or two and I haven’t sent one for quite a few months now.

It’s been a crazy year: it all started with the MAD About Jewellery Exhibition in New York. I worked six or seven days a week to prepare for the event which went really well. When I came back I continued to work hard on all the commissions. Thank you for keeping me so busy. I love what I do, and I feel like I am living my purpose when creating and making jewellery which I see “continuing to live its life on you”. 

In summer I had more time off work than I was originally planning … lots of time with my family, seeing relatives and friends.

When I was about to start preparing for the upcoming events later this year, we decided to make my daughter’s dream a reality… After 2 years of her asking every single day for a puppy, we have bought one, a beautiful little white wolf. I, being very thoughtful about everything read a lot about having a dog, training, exercise needs, characteristics of the particular breed we were about to buy ~ but I missed reading all about having a puppy. And I must say it’s been quite challenging to do anything but “puppy”… so, lots of slow time which I really struggle to enjoy… I am so much used to running that I have somehow to learn how to slow down, stop.


Well at least it is getting easier now, and I have been able to come back to doing what I love the most. I love to create these little pieces of jewellery; they carry such emotion and deep meaning and are really nice to gift. They have wonderful power to help us feel confident.

Upcoming events


NORTHERN CONTEMPORARY CRAFT FAIR | 13-16 October
Thu, 13 Oct 2022, 18:00 – Sun, 16 Oct 2022, 16:00
Victoria Baths, Manchester

Don’t miss the largest and most established selling event for contemporary craft in the North!
Now in its 15th year, the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2022 sees the return of 200 of the UK’s finest makers to Victoria Baths, Manchester’s iconic heritage attraction. Buy unique, handmade, made-to-last pieces for you and your home direct from the maker, or perhaps commission something special. Exhibitors have been carefully selected for the quality of their work and to showcase a variety of craft with glass, jewellery, interior and fashion textiles, ceramics, prints, furniture, lighting & more.

As well as an on-site cafe, the stunning Edwardian-tiled interior will also be the backdrop for installations and workshops and, new for 2022, GREENGRADS, a selling exhibition of UK graduates engaging with eco-issues.

 

ELEMENTS FESTIVAL 28-30 October
Lyon & Turnbull 33 Broughton Place Edinburgh EH1 3RR

Elements returns for 2022, bringing together forty-six of the UK’s finest Jewellers and Silversmiths for a selling fair, exhibition and series of events at the stunning showroom of Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh. From silver vases glittering with flecks of gold, to colourful, three-dimensional sculptural jewellery, Elements celebrates the vast range of expert craftsmanship and innovative design of makers from across the UK.

For the first time, award-winning work from the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council (GC&DC) Competition, will be showcased in Scotland at Elements. The exhibition will feature a beautiful selection of work by some of the UK’s most renowned designers and craftspeople, alongside a display of drawings and jewels to celebrate the vision, skill and extraordinary legacy of GC&DC Lifetime Achievement Award winner, the late Dorothy Hogg MBE, on loan from The Goldsmiths’ Company Collection.

New Stockists


DIANA PORTER

33 Park St, Bristol, BS1 5NH, UK

THE STORE AT MAD

The Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle 
New York, NY 10019, USA

Recent commissions


 

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RE:FINE, The Store at MAD, NY

RE:FINE Redefining Fine Jewelry


This marks The Store at MAD’s eight seasonal RE:FINE launch event. In these-ever changing times to be able to come together and celebrate creativity and beauty is what RE:FINE’s opening evenings is about.

The Store is the only museum store in the world making a serious commitment to selling Fine Jewelry. With Jewelry at the museum’s core DNA, what better place than The Store at MAD for RE:FINE to live.

RE:FINE is the event of the jewelry that is dynamic, timeless, and responsive to the shifting aesthetics of our contemporary lives. I am thrilled to take part in this year’s RE:FINE event, making an mark on the jewelry world by challenging the conventions of what Fine Jewelry means today. All participating artists works in high carat gold, the highest quality silver, and unique gemstones. Jewelry made to last generations. Press here to browse the Lookbook.

Hope you can visit RE:FINE Spring 2022’s Opening Cocktail and shopping evening.

 

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MAD About Jewelry, NY

MAD About Jewelry

I am excited to announce that I will be presenting my designs alongside over 40 emerging and acclaimed international jewelry artists at the Museum of Arts and Design’s MAD About Jewelry from April 27– 30. 

MAD About Jewelry is the ultimate pop-up shop for contemporary, artist-made jewelry, where collectors and jewelry enthusiasts have the rare opportunity to meet and acquire pieces from some of the most innovative creators in the field. The event kicks-off with an opening benefit dinner on April 26, followed by public sale days from April 27– 30. 

Museum of Arts and Design 

Learn More 

If you are in New York City, I hope you will join me for MAD About Jewelry. For a behind the scenes look at the event follow the hashtag #MADAboutJewelry on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 

 

 

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20 Days of Christmas Giving

20 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS GIVING


20 Days of Christmas Giving

As always, I am focusing on how to improve, how to do more and what more can I possibly give to you.  In December I have decided to do something very special and exciting. I have decided to give a unique discount for 20 consecutive days to make your Christmas more special than ever before. 

So starting on 1st December and finishing on 20th December every day at 12 o’clock I will post a piece on Instagram that will have a discount for that particular day only. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram if you are not already, to make sure you don’t miss it.

There will be 20 pieces to choose from, both from my new collections and archive pieces. Bear in mind that only one piece will be available on most days so if you want it, make sure you send me a private message on Instagram with your email address, and the name and address that you want your jewellery to be shipped to straight away, to be the first one and to avoid disappointment. 

It will be a perfect opportunity for you to buy yourself something very special or surprise a special person in your life with a beautiful gift lasting a lifetime. The gift will come gorgeously packed, as always, and with a luxurious bag ready to go under the Christmas tree.

Wishing you all the luck finding a Perfect Christmas Present.

 

Included with every purchase – 

•Free shipping

•100 days returns

•Free lifetime warranty

•Free Cleaning & Renewing

 

New Stockist


A collection of my jewellery is now available at SH Jewellery Gallery in Edinburgh’s Morningside.

 

Bryna Pomp Picks


Thrilled to have my Dark Gleam Diamond Bangle selected by Bryna Pomp director of MAD About Jewellery in the Museum of  Arts and Design, New York, as one of her top five pieces in Elements 2021.

 

 

Believe in your dreams: this is how the life should begin…


As I have two children I know what Christmas means to them… I know the joy they feel when they unpack presents; I know how much they wait for Father Christmas and it breaks my heart to think that some disadvantaged children don’t get to experience this great joy… I think it is very important to believe in your dreams and this is how our life should begin – that everything is possible if we really want it.

This year I want to help again the charity called BEYOND THE BOW to bring Christmas gifts to children in need.

So I have decided to gift 20% of the purchases you make until 3rd December to disadvantaged children.

So if you were dreaming about one of my beautifully made pieces now is the great time, you not only treat yourself and support my business, but also give hope to a disadvantaged children – that all their dreams may come true.

 


CHRISTMAS DELIVERY DATES

Commissioned pieces take three weeks to make: please be sure to order in time. The latest order date for made-to-order pieces for CHRISTMAS delivery is Friday 29th November.

My last day for posting CHRISTMAS orders of available ready-made jewellery is Friday 20th December. If you need something for a specific date please contact me, as I may be able to prioritise your order.

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Outrageously Gorgeous Gold

Outrageously Gorgeous Gold


Pure Gold

Pure gold never loses its lustre; it never tarnishes; it always keeps that bright, immaculate presence. But…! this is only true when we speak about pure 24 carat gold. What do I mean by that? Well, gold used in jewellery is seldom pure gold for various reasons such as softness, durability, brightness, and price etc. Other metals (alloys) are added to gold to increase the toughness and hardness of the metal, to alter the colour i.e. white gold (palladium or silver) and rose gold (copper) and in the case of lower carat gold, to lower the cost.

 

Carats (ct)


Each type of gold has a different purity level.
100% pure gold is 24 carats
Lower caratages contain less gold:
22 carat gold is 22 parts pure gold and 2 parts alloy
18 carat gold is 18 parts pure gold and 6 parts alloy.
14 carat gold is 14 parts pure gold and 10 parts alloy.
9 carat gold is 9 parts pure gold and 15 parts alloy.
In UK for gold to be called ‘gold’ the lowest caratage level is 9.

 

Tarnish


Gold in its purest form doesn’t tarnish, however gold alloyed with other metals, allows some tarnish to develop over time.

The higher the level of alloy, the more likely the gold is to tarnish: it won’t look quite as bright as it once was, because the ‘foreign’ metal causes it to tarnish. Silver, copper, nickel and zinc are metals that oxidise in contact with air, and when added to gold, dull the gold’s surface. 

The smaller amount of other metal, the more the gold retains its original rich lustre.

It’s all a matter of proportion, as above ~ 

 

Appearance and cost


18ct gold is classic, traditional, and rich in appearance. Since 18ct gold is almost pure it is significantly more expensive than other types of gold. Compared to a 14ct gold ring, which looks similar but is not quite as bright or saturated, an 18ct ring will cost perhaps twice as much.

If you prefer luxury, durability and practicability, then 18ct gold is a great choice. 

Agneta Bugyte jewellery uses mostly 18ct yellow and white gold ~ because it’s the best gold option for my jewellery: it has the richest, most luxurious, deep colour, which looks gorgeous on black patinated silver. Also, because it’s almost pure there is a very small chance of tarnishing.

 

 

The white gold I use in my work is 18ct and has a high palladium content: this makes it whiter than 18ct white gold and it doesn’t need rhodium plating. The high palladium content it is more precious, and unlikely to tarnish, as palladium, like gold, also doesn’t tarnish. That means that your jewellery will sparkle for generations to come.

A very important factor in my work is its longevity. Pure gold dug up in mediaeval hoards has the same brilliance it had when it was buried, hundreds of years previously. It is often the silent gleam that catches the attention and excitement of the finder. 18ct gold is the best option for my jewellery. It has a rich and luxurious depth of colour, and is the optimal blend for practicality and allure.

Gold Is The Ultimate In Luxury. Solid gold jewellery is an investment that will remain glorious for your whole life, and will continue to glow for generations, so before you make a purchase it is wise to educate yourself on the different standards of gold available and bear in mind that purer gold ages beautifully! 

 

 

 

Don’t forget that you can always renew your jewellery if you don’t like the present look. If you own Agneta Bugyte jewellery it can be checked, polished and renewed once a year free of charge.

Want to know more about the differences of different gold purity levels? Press here to read more.

 


A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS

I have something very special coming up for Christmas, look out for my next newsletter in November!

 


CHRISTMAS DELIVERY DATES

Commissioned pieces take three weeks to make: please be sure to order in time. The latest order date for made-to-order pieces for CHRISTMAS delivery is Friday 29th November.

My last day for posting CHRISTMAS orders of available ready-made jewellery is Friday 20th December. If you need something for a specific date please contact me, as I may be able to prioritise your order.

(It is all about UK delivery!)

Please contact me for Europe & International delivery queries.

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My Thank You

My Thank You

Sometimes I need a lot of time for myself. To find me, to be able to create and to give, I need to get away and see the beauty around me. I had a wonderful summer – I saw lots of beauty, went to beaches, went hiking, paddle boarding. I feel like this summer I discovered so much: I found a new world; I discovered the beauty of the cliffs not just looking down from the top when hiking, but also from up from the sea when paddle boarding. I discover how vast and great they are.

Reading a book, listening to meditations, these things provide time for me to go inward.

I am finally at shows again. After 18months it’s such a great experience to see people trying on my jewellery again; it’s so lovely to see my work all displayed nicely. And to finally see customers and people again. Somehow I really feel connected to my customers. I feel huge respect for you all; I admire how you look and what kind of people you are. It feels like you are all the better versions of me.

I am in the flow. I came to the Edinburgh Show and after setting up my display I went for a walk. I couldn’t stop walking. I know Edinburgh is beautiful, but I’ve never climbed Arthur’s seat and never knew it’s so stunning. I am sitting on the hill with great scenery – sea, mountains, city – and writing to you, to thank you. I wanted to really thank you. For everything, and for everyone. There are so many people who help me, and without you all I wouldn’t be who I am, I wouldn’t have what I need to give.

 

I often need help . I am not good at many things; I start to panic every time I have to do lots of computer work. I panic most of the time! And everyone always helps me. I am not good at speaking about ‘nothing’ – smalltalk; I am not good at speaking for the first time… and there lots of other things I am really not good at. I feel like I can’t even say one nice sentence, I start with one thing and finish with something else …

However there are also some things I am very good at. I wouldn’t be able to be good at those things if I wouldn’t have all the help with the things I am crap at.

I am good at creating the beauty that lasts and inspires women to feel confident and beautiful. I am good at real one on one conversations about things that matter, about dreams, goals and the meaning of life… I am good at things that are real and matter (to me, at least). I am good at designing/drawing. I am good at being jeweller, at being an artist, at creating. I am passionate about creating and making jewellery, setting stones. Jewellery – the most unneeded but the most emotional purchase.

Thank you very much everyone for all your help. Everyone, you know who you are. Thank you very much for all my friends and your support, thank you for believing in me and helping me out, thank you for those who visiting the events. Thank you. Thank you very much to my parents; thank you my mum for coming and looking after my children while I am away. Thank you for my customers – without you I wouldn’t be my best self, I wouldn’t be able to give what I have best in me, I wouldn’t be able to live my purpose – to create more beauty in life.

And finally thank you very much for my family, thank you for my understanding children; thank you for my son who is only 8 years old but when I ask him not to speak with me and to give me some time to concentrate- he gives it to me! Thank you for my loving daughter. Thank you for your understanding. And finally, my husband, who always encourages me, supports me and will do whatever, really whatever it takes to help me. Thank you for believing in me. I hope one day I can thank you enough for everything you do for me, for us.

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Events

 

 

Lyon & Turnbull  Edinburgh Pop-Up


I will be showcasing a collection of work at the seventh edition of Elements, Festival of Jewellery, Silver and Gold in Edinburgh.

This exciting pop-up will take place in the stunning Edinburgh showroom of Lyon & Turnbull Auctioneers from 11-13 September 2021. The pop-up will be open to the public from 11-13 September, with public entry from 10am-4pm. Drop in and shop a stunning array of jewellery and silver.

Numbers are currently monitored with social distancing in place, and mask wearing is required at all times unless exempt.

Lyon & Turnbull Pop-Up | 11 – 13 September
Sat – Mon, 10am – 4pm
Lyon & Turnbull, 33 Broughton Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3RR

 


 

The Elite London


I will be showcasing a collection of my work at The Elite, London’s most exclusive jet-set lifestyle event, featuring over 150 luxury lifestyle brands. Get in touch if you would like to visit the event I have some free tickets available.

 

The Elite London | 17 – 18 September
Fri – Sat, 10am – 5pm
Wycombe Air Park

Free tickets available


 

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Dazzle Edinburgh

Dazzle Edinburgh

So excited that collection of my work will be available at Dazzle Exhibition from the Saturday 7 of August – Sunday 29 of August, at the Dovecot Studios on Infirmary Street. It will be 10th year at this lovely venue, in this, 40th year of Dazzle. Private Views on Thursday 5th 2-8pm, Friday 6th 10am-6pm by appointment (message me if you would like a free invitation for a private view).

So pleased to be exhibiting alongside such a variety of internationally renowned designers at Dazzle Edinburgh, which is dedicated to showing the best of contemporary designer jewellery.

Also, this year, a special celebration of 40 Years of Dazzle Exhibitions, 40 Brooches for 40 Years, don’t miss out.

 

 

 

 

 

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Flying the Gold Standard Which Gold? And Why?

Flying the Gold Standard Which Gold? And Why?


Gold finesses 9ct, 14ct, 18ct, 22ct and 24ct
 

• How gold purity is measure

• Different purity levels

• Why pure gold generally isn’t used for jewellery

• The advantages and disadvantages of 9ct, 14ct, 18ct, 22ct and 24ct gold

• Some considerations to help you choose right type of gold for your jewellery  

When you’re choosing the gold for a ring or other jewellery, it’s important to keep factors such as skin sensitivity, career, activity level and aesthetic taste in mind.

 

HOW GOLD PURITY IS MEASURED


The purity of gold is categorised using the carat system that measures the ratio of pure gold to other alloys in a piece of gold jewellery. The greater the amount of pure gold, the higher the purity level.

‘Caratage’ is the measurement of purity of gold alloyed with other metals.

Gems are also measured in carats.

 

DIFFERENT PURITY LEVELS


Each type of gold has a different purity level. Pure gold, or 24ct gold, is 100% pure. Lower caratages contain less gold:

22 carat gold is 91.6% pure gold (22 parts out of 24 pure gold and 2 parts alloy).

18 carat gold is 75% pure gold (18 parts out of 24 pure gold and 6 parts alloy).

14 carat gold is 58.5% pure gold (14 parts out of 24 pure gold and 10 parts alloy).

9 carat gold is 37.5% pure gold (9 parts out of 24 pure gold and 15 parts alloy). 

The minimum caratage for an item to be called gold varies by country. In the UK, 9 carat is the legal minimum accepted standard of gold caratage.

Educate yourself on the different standards of gold available.

 

WHY PURE GOLD GENERALLY ISN’T USED FOR JEWELLERY


24ct gold isn’t used very often for jewellery because:

• It’s extremely soft. It distorts easily, making it a poor metal for jewellery that needs to retain its shape over a period of time.

• Pure gold scratches easily. 

• It’s very bright. The colour of pure gold is brighter and more orange than people commonly associate with the gold used in jewellery.

• It’s very expensive. Compared to 14ct gold, 24ct gold contains almost double the amount of gold. As a result, the price of 24ct is much higher.

 

THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF 9CT, 14CT, 18CT, 22CT AND 24CT GOLD


Each level of gold purity offers its own advantages and disadvantages, from hardness and durability, to the risk of certain levels of gold purity contributing to skin irritation.

 

9ct Gold: (37.5% gold and 62.5% alloyed metals)

• Advantages: 9ct gold is the most durable, least pure, and lowest priced type of gold. Cost and durability are the biggest advantages of 9ct gold jewellery.

• Disadvantages: It has a pale appearance, with a significantly less rich yellow tone than 14ct or 18ct gold.

It is more likely to trigger metal allergies. 9ct gold is the least pure, it’s also the most impure that gold can be while remaining legally “gold”.

• Consider thisAlthough it’s widely used in affordable jewellery, 9ct gold isn’t a very popular metal for engagement rings and fine jewellery. Many high-end, luxury jewellery retailers don’t even offer 9ct gold pieces due to its relatively low gold content. And -if you are a non-allergic person on a low budget, you can still enjoy the durability and luxury of gold.

 

14ct Gold: (58% gold and 42% alloyed metals)

• Advantages: A great combination of purity, durability and value for money. Compared to 18ct gold, the main advantages of 14ct gold are its durability and affordability. Rings and other jewellery made using 14ct gold are more durable than those made with 18ct gold.

• Disadvantages: The downside of 14ct gold is its potential to trigger skin irritation. Because 14ct gold has a higher alloy content than 18ct gold, it can occasionally result in itchy, uncomfortable skin if you have a metal allergy.

The colour of 14ct gold is less intense compared to 18ct.

• Consider thisThis alloy offers more resistance to wear and tear than either 18ct or 22ct. If you have an active lifestyle (sports, regular exercise, manual labour, etc.), 14ct jewellery would be the best option for you.

 

18ct Gold: (75% gold and 25% alloyed metals)

• Advantages18ct gold has the classic, rich yellow appearance. Since 18ct gold is almost pure, it is ideal for allergy sufferers, as it does not cause allergic skin reactions.

• Disadvantages: since it’s quite pure, it’s fairly easy to scratch. If you’re active or work in a setting where your ring might graze hard surfaces, 18ct gold might not be the best choice for rings. Theses have more contact with surfaces than jewellery such as bracelets, earrings, and necklaces, which have hardly any, or too little contact, to be impacted by it.

18ct gold is also significantly more expensive than other types of gold. Compared to a 14ct gold ring, which looks similar but is not quite as bright or saturated, an 18ct ring will cost perhaps twice as much.

• Consider thisThis is the most traditional mix of gold and other metals. 18ct pieces have a luxurious and richer yellow tone than 14ct. Because of the higher gold content in 18ct pieces, it is more expensive than 14ct, and is usually a sign of a higher quality piece of jewellery.

Just be aware that this type of gold is quite soft and could scratch easily while you or your partner work or exercise. However, 18ct gold might not mind doing the gym workout, and will look good at the same time!

If you prefer luxury and practicability, then 18ct gold is a great choice.

 

22ct Gold: (92% gold and 8% alloyed metals)

• AdvantagesEven a modest mixture of only 8% alloyed metal makes 22 carat gold a touch stronger and more durable than pure gold.

• DisadvantageCare will need to be taken with this blend as it’s still the softest form of mixed metal jewellery.

• Consider thisAlthough pure, but soft, it is beautiful and with little allergic response.

 

24ct Gold: (100% pure gold)

• Advantages: The rich yellow colour of pure gold will not tarnish. Its best use is in necklaces and bracelets rather than rings.

Its purity means no allergic response.

• DisadvantageIts purity makes it easier to scratch or abrade, and its softness leaves it vulnerable to bending or distortion. Expense might be a disadvantage, depending on your budget.

• Consider thisBeing the highest carat of gold, it’s easy to assume that 24ct is the “best” gold to buy, but that isn’t necessarily the case. Pure gold can be easily scratched and bent, making it impractical for daily wear (yet the most expensive). Although you might fancy doing your workout while wearing 24ct bracelets, the jewellery might not appreciate it! Generations later, it will still be the gleaming gold it was originally, if cared for.

 

SO, WHICH ONE IS BEST? 24CT, 22CT, 18CT, OR 14CT OR 9CT? HOW TO CHOOSE?


There isn’t a clear answer — it depends on factors such as requirement, use and finance! Your decision should be influenced by how often you’ll wear the jewellery, what you’ll be doing when you wear it, the colouring you prefer, your budget and the effect you want. What does your jewellery say about you? 

Agneta Bugyte jewellery uses mostly 18ct yellow gold – because it’s the best gold option for my jewellery: it has the richest, most luxurious, deep yellow colour, which looks gorgeous on black patinated silver.

 

 

The white gold I use in my work is 18ct and has a high palladium content: this makes a whiter than 18-carat gold [hence the name of ‘white gold’]; it does not need rhodium plating, and is nickel free. 

A very important factor in my work is its longevity. Gold in its purest form never tarnishes. Pure gold dug up in mediaeval hoards has the same brilliance it had when it was buried, hundreds of years previously. However, gold used for jewellery is mostly mixed with other metals, allowing some tarnish to develop (more about it in my next post), and for all the factors above, 18ct gold is the best option for my jewelleryIts depth of colour is rich, luxurious and beautiful. It is the optimal blend for practicality and allure.

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