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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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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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My Emotional Christmas Blog!



My Emotional Christmas Blog!

Some time ago I read an interesting post that jewellery has gone down in value… but not in financial value, as in this aspect it always goes up. Since ancient times jewellery has been the most coveted gift, but now people are choosing to buy technology, or experiences such as trips rather than jewellery.
I’ve been thinking about this and I think especially now, people would rather buy a new tv or comfy homewear than jewellery. And that’s totally understandable. We don’t have many possibilities to go out; nobody knows when life will get back to some kind of normality, so we think we don’t need jewellery ~ we never needed it! Much better to buy a new wider-screen tv with brighter colours which we will have plenty of time to enjoy! And it’s true. It is.
Jewellery is one of the most unnecessary things to buy: however, it has several huge advantages over the big telly. It is the most emotional article to buy or to gift. It’s that little special something that carries maximum impact. The most important events in our lives are all closely intertwined with jewellery.
Jewellery is the least essential thing that holds the most important emotions. Whatever it might be – proposal, wedding, the birth of a child, christening or naming, confirmation, birthday, graduations or gift under the Christmas tree – there is no better gift than jewellery.
Women won’t remember any gift as well as they will jewellery. And it is one of those rare things that will last for generations, and hold the memory of its original gifting. Jewellery often speaks of the history of a person or family. It locks up a fragment of the present for the future in the way that an old pair of pj’s or a huge television certainly don’t. When you wear an eternity ring your husband bought you that marked the birth of your first child, you are taken back to that life-changing time in your mind. Wearing your grandmother’s brooch means that you carry her with you for the day. And, although it is great to be comfortable around the house, don’t forget to celebrate yourself  every single day, with your choice of jewellery.

I want to thank everyone who bought that most special, most emotional and most unneeded gift ever, especially recently. I want to congratulate you for making the best gift decision ever.
Your purchase of my jewellery has been really important both emotionally and financially, for me and for others. I vowed to give a percentage of my profits away this year. Through this little scheme you have enabled 270 people to be fed, and six children from disadvantaged families will have presents to unwrap this Christmas. Thank you. I also had the possibility to invest in myself, in my business, and I could keep working on the collections. I can make this Christmas special for my children too, and I did all this just because of you. Without you I couldn’t give, couldn’t be happy and couldn’t improve and grow. Thank you very much.

Please next time you think about presents always think about jewellery. Men: bear in mind that it’s the present women never forget. And women: don’t forget to celebrate your lives.

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year, filled with love, joy, happiness, and those most emotional gifts – jewellery!



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10% discount for the new collections FEATHER DRIFT and SOUND OF SILENCE for four days only! This includes the exciting new pieces I offer for men!

From today, 27th to 30th November for my mailing list only! You can use the 10% discount even on the products that already show a discounted price and also on the new collection pieces that I have just made! That’s 10% off the hot-off-the-bench pieces! Valid also with ready made and commissioned pieces! For four days only, my newly launched pieces will have 10% discount. After this – December 1 st – they revert to full price. Once discounted pieces have sold they will no longer be available to purchase.


Don’t forget that on top of that I offer –
•Free shipping
•100 day returns
•Free lifetime warranty
•Free Cleaning & Renewing




Win a fabulous pair of stud earrings this holiday

 All you have to do is ~

Follow me on IG or FB @agnetabugytejewellery.
Comment on Black Friday Giveaway post which of these stud earrings you would like to win ~ and the winner will be announced on 1st December.




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 21th 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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Black Friday

Black Friday

All the pieces from the new collections FEATHER DRIFT and SOUND OF SILENCE are now launched on my website!
This includes the exciting new pieces I offer for men!

I have TWO GREAT OPPORTUNITIES for you for Black Friday

BLACK Friday GIVEAWAY ~ No purchase necessary
Win a fabulous pair of stud earrings this holiday
Starting from today, all you have to do is ~

Follow me on IG or FB @agnetabugytejewellery.
Comment on Black Friday Giveaway post which of these stud earrings you would like to win ~ and the winner will be announced on 1st December.

On BLACK Friday I will also offer 10% discount for four days only! From 27th to 30th November for my mailing list only! You can use the 10% discount even on the products that already show a discounted price and also on the new collection pieces that I have just made! That’s 10% off the hot-off-the-bench pieces! Valid also with ready made and commissioned pieces! For four days only, my newly launched pieces will have 10% discount. After this – December 1 st – they revert to full price. Once discounted pieces have sold they will no longer be available to purchase.

Don’t forget that on top of that I offer –
•Free shipping
•100 day returns
•Free lifetime warranty
•Free Cleaning & Renewing

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


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

As I have two little 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. That’s how we will follow our dreams later in our lives. I would love to help make this Christmas nicer for disadvantaged children and I need your help please.

With the advent of COVID-19, the number of disadvantaged children living around us has grown exponentially. I want to help the charity called BEYOND THE BOW to bring personalised Christmas gifts to children in need.

Last year over 1000 children opened gifts on Christmas Day thanks to lovely giving people. This year they have over 1500 children to find presents for…The way that the Charity works is very simple -they ask kind people to donate a Christmas gift – they give the names, age & Christmas wish of the child to you and ask that you choose the gift.

So I have decided to gift 20% of the purchases you make from now until 11th November to disadvantaged children. That means that if you spend £100 on my work (it works with the ready made pieces as well as made-to-order and commissioned pieces) you would help to buy a gift for one child for the sum of £20 or 2 children for the sum of £10. If you spend £1000, that would mean 10-20 happy children on Christmas day with presents worth £10-£20 each.

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.

Hurry up – there’s not much time!


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The sparkle hidden in lockdown


The sparkle hidden in lockdown

Isn’t this whole lockdown situation interesting? It cycles us through so many states and emotions. At the beginning I was very calm, and I looked at the opportunity it gave me to work differently, to have more time with my children, as I usually spend many hours each day alone. And that has been wonderful. However now I am beginning to feel the impact of the negative side of lockdown, in the way it has cut across my great dreams and my plan of showing at the Elite London event this year. Many other exhibitions have been cancelled, and I have to admit to huge disappointment that my investment and hard work have come to nothing for me. I always get a buzz from those full-on events where I would see thousands of people, and many other skilled makers. It is such a pleasure to see people trying on my work, people with different skin tones, wearing different outfits; when it’s possible to see my work from a different angle, like with new eyes. Sure it’s exhausting afterwards, but all those conversations, all that excitement – it buoys me up for further development, new angles, new finishes. I’d come home fizzing with ideas. So I’ve missed all of that, and have had to dig deep to find the invigoration of those exhibitions and connections.

Never one to waste an opportunity, I’ve used the time to distil my new design ideas, and even more exciting, to upgrade my way into some deeper skills involved in stone setting. I’ve always set stones, and have now invested in making my own tools – they are called pushers and burnishers – and a microscope in order to set very small diamonds. This is as exciting as the flash and glint they give when they catch the light – so for me this is the enlightening side of lockdown!



I also want to share just a few pieces I’ve made recently, jewels of patinated silver, white gold and diamonds. Keep your eyes open – they will soon land in my website. In the meantime if you can’t wait and feel as excited about my new pieces as I am, please do get in touch. I will be very happy to answer any questions you may have, or best of all – I would be delighted to show you my work in person. If you would like to see my newest work and my studio – please get in touch and we will book a convenient time for your visit.


I always want to offer my clients the best, and have overhauled my conditions of sale, as follows. I know you will like this, especially the offer of free lifetime warranty.

•Free shipping
My work has to be touched, you have to feel it to experience it and appreciate it.
•100 days returns
•Free lifetime warranty
All products have a lifetime warranty. If anything breaks I’ll fix it or send you a new one for free.
•Free Cleaning & Renewing
Jewellery should be professionally cleaned and inspected once a year. I am offering cleaning and renewing of your piece once a year at no cost for jewellery that has been looked after, correctly worn, and loved.

I am committed to providing quality and value on the products I sell, with a risk- free 100% satisfaction guarantee. Limited exceptions apply. Read more here – Jewellery Care & Repair & Returns & Exchanges.

I hope it will encourage you to look, try and buy my inspired jewellery.

Keep positive: keep healthy! Gleam on!


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I would be grateful if you could help me


I would be grateful if you could help me


So while most people have had more quiet time than usual I been very busy, busy as never before, working on all my goals. Working on forming them into reality. I have decided that NOW, in these unpredictable times, is the best time ever to do everything I was thinking and dreaming of for some time. I am so excited to share all the exciting news with you about what I’ve been up to – just to mention one thing – some even finer pieces with diamonds to complete my collection. I have been working harder than ever on refining and improving. In my ‘to do’ list I had written that I want to offer more to my customers, so I hope you will be as excited as I am to see what I will have to offer for both men and women. But about all the exciting news a bit later, in my next newsletter.




I have been thinking a lot. I would like somehow to give more. I wondered if you might give me some ideas – what could I do better, what more I could offer/give? Whatever it might be – range of products, delivery costs, returns, warranty, repair service, whatever really, even if it sounds crazy, please I am really open for any ideas… What stops you (if anything) from buying my beautifully made, refined-to-perfection jewellery? I would be grateful if you email me on with your thoughts.



The last orders are available to buy until 14th August to be posted on 15th August before I take a holiday. Finally I will have some time to spend with my family, experience lots of adventures and enjoy the wonderful summer. I will also learn a new skill and as always work little bit. All the orders after the 14th August will be posted on 8th September. I am sorry for any inconvenience it may cause you.

Look out for my next newsletter with lots of exciting news. In the meantime I want to wish you wonderful weather, a beautiful summer and lots of different experiences to cherish.

P.S. Let me know your ideas on what could I do for you, and how can I give more.



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My Big Thank You


My Big Thank You – and also what I am excited about right now!


First of all I would like to thank you. I wouldn’t be able to create without you believing in me. I am so happy and grateful for being able to do what I love and what I do best. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you. Thank you for those who bought my work, especially recently, in these unpredictable times; it is so important for me both financially and psychologically. Thank you. Because of you I been able to design, make and keep improving. I am finally working on a ‘men/unisex’ collection that I have been thinking of for a couple of years now. And it seems NOW is just the right time. It’s still quiet in the world but so much is happening in my world ~ completely the opposite from the usual situation ~ this summer all my plans and dreams should come true.
In the early autumn the very fine white gold collection with diamonds will be launched just at the right time before the Elite Event I will be part of.


-I am excited about the inclusion of my pair of Gold Grains Studs in The Jeweller, Spring 2020 edition.
-my Black and Gold Collection was published in Laxary, Germany’s Exclusive Online Magazine.
– a Gold Grains Bracelet appeared in Inhorgenta Daily, Munich;
– and my business was included in the book ‘Reliance Motor Services: The Story of a Family-Owned Independent Bus Company’.
While it is the story of a company and of a family over four generations, it is also very much a story about Brightwalton in the past and in the present, the lovely village I am working and living in.
-and the biggest highlight of the year I am thrilled to announce that two of my bracelets have been selected out of more than 5000 bracelets and will be published in the stunning upcoming book “New Bracelets” by Nicolas Estrada. The book will feature about 400 works by 200 contemporary jewellery artists. Fabulous!



I have been interviewed by Wolf & Badger press here to read the interview. This was really interesting to do as I had the chance to review my path from dreamy child to focussed jewellery artist, and to see how the foundations for my work were laid very early in my life – but uncovering the path took lots of time, training and effort!


I am very excited to announce that I will be showing my work and participating in the Elite London Show from October 2-3 rd . My work will be exhibited in the Luxury Brand Show, more details to follow later this summer. Press here to read more about the event.

 Archive Sale
I have added a few more pieces on promotion with 20% off. It’s a great opportunity to buy the beautiful jewellery you maybe dreamed, for less. Click here to explore more.






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Enjoy these bizarre times … Pour beauty into life


Enjoy these bizarre times … Pour beauty into life


Times are strange and uncertain right now and yet I have a bizarre statement to make, that I feel so happy
Spring, when everything in nature is changing and promising new life and hope. The sun is shining and we can enjoy the fine weather. Bird song reaches a peak during spring: the perfect treat for the ears. It is the season when nature explodes back into life and sharpens the senses.
Spending time outside in the sunny spring weather isn’t just a mood booster, it actually can change the way people think. Research shows that being outdoors broadens peoples’ minds, opening them to new information and creative thoughts …

So instead of thinking about what’s wrong, let’s focus on the things we can do, on the possibilities we have.

I feel like finally I have Time… the time enough to do everything I wanted but… I haven’t done… this is the best time ever to –

    • slow down and enjoy life. Enjoy the spring and starry nights…
    • feel grateful for what I have.
    • turn time with my children into great memories.
    • create more beauty in my life and others’
    • stop and listen. Not just listen but hear …
    • read more books
    • improve. Be ‘better me’, at everything I do for family and customers
    • exercise every day
    • design, sketch – rings, brooches, cufflinks
    • work on my Road Map, my goals & dreams
    • work on my display
    • do the 10 days mental diet (think only of positive things, bring my wandering mind back to the positive: if I dwell in my negative thoughts, to re-start the diet as soon as I notice it.)
    • enjoy everything I do



I am so happy I have the opportunity to do many things that get left undone. I disappoint myself and others and this is the time to make a change, to make it right this time…

I think I am my best self when I create some beauty… So I will simply pour my best skills into this, pouring beauty into life.


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On Beauty


On Beauty


I love rocks, volcanoes, rough textures, and the hoarse sounds the ocean makes as the
waves break out on the shore. I love the silence and crash of the water in a waterfall. I love to
be surrounded by still landscapes.




I want to feel the textures and hear the voices of what I see. I want to hear the voices of the
wind and rain; to smell the damp earth, the whispering grass. I need to hear the sentient hush
of the landscape. For me, beauty is more sensory than visual. I somehow have to feel what I



Humanity, motion and emotion, and nature, all inspire me with their wild beauty and raw
grace. I love wrinkles. And old people. They know so much; their opinions are refined from
experience. And young people who have found their path early, and walk it without fakery or
pretence. And the raw, smoker’s voice of the unusual guy just being himself, creating his
music, lost in his own self-expression. There is beauty to be found in originality, and also in
the innocence of childhood. Somehow the sea, the rocks, the people are all comfortable in
their own skins, and I find inspiration in this natural beauty.




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