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New Stockist YBD

New Stockist

A collection of Agneta Bugyte’s jewellery is now available at YBD, a global destination store focusing entirely upon the best and brightest of British fashion.

I am proud to showcase my jewellery at the first dedicated retail environment purely focusing upon UK’s best talent.

“Life is all about ‘moments in time’. Some of those moments are more significant than others, sometimes we have the opportunity, in one of those moments to do something new, something brave, something unique and something that will change our own life or those of others. These are the moments that really matter, when we have to decide whether to take a brave step into a new world, or remain with the familiarity of habit. These are the special moments in our lives… Young British Designers is all about those special ‘moments in time’.” – YBD.



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New Stockist ORRO


New Stockist

A collection of Agneta Bugyte’s jewellery is now available at ORRO Contemporary Jewellery in Glasgow, Scotland.

I am proud to be able to showcase my jewellery alongside the superb work of contemporary designers such as Atelier Zobel  and others, whose work is selected for its innate design and quality.

Established in Glasgow in 1997, with the aim of promoting innovative modern jewellery, ORRO is now internationally regarded as being in the top flight of contemporary jewellery galleries.

Leading European jewellery designers showcase beautiful collections in ORRO’s Glasgow studio where the atmosphere is friendly, relaxed & informal.  The jewellery takes centre stage in a bright, fresh, minimalist setting that references the clean lines and simple modern design of the varied works on show.


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Handmade Edinburgh

Handmade Edinburgh

I will be showcasing a collection of work at the third edition of international craft and design fair, Handmade Edinburgh, which is becoming the leading showcase for contemporary craft in Scotland. My work will be exhibited alongside some of the world’s most talented craftspeople.

Celebrating the best in high-end design and craftsmanship, Handmade Edinburgh is a fabulous opportunity to shop in an extraordinary and picturesque setting, Scotland’s renowned Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Over 70 British and international designer-makers will showcase their work inside an elegant purpose-built marquee in front of Inverleith House, so you can enjoy the delights of the beautiful botanic gardens and discover some of the world’s most talented craftspeople all in one visit.

The show will be on from the Friday 10 – Sunday 12 of August 2018, during Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Date & Location

10 – 12 August 2018
Fri – Sun, 10am – 5.30pm

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Inverleith Row / Arboretum Place

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The Inspiration of Silence



The Inspiration of Silence


People speak too much and yet say too little about inspiration. Being an artist means hearing the question, “What is your inspiration?” over and over again.

There is no straightforward answer to this. There are lots of things that inspire me, and yet inspiration is also dependent on many situations, moods, the seasons even.

I might feel inspired to make something with a tool I’ve just bought, but then do I reply that the hammer inspires me? I guess that is not what people expect to hear. But the new tool might offer me the impetus to make something whose actual inspiration comes from somewhere else.

“Nature,” is often an answer, but it is a boring answer given by many, and actually tells you nothing. Nature is so different it depends on so many factors. I feel like saying this single word ‘nature’ doesn’t describe it well enough, it doesn’t mean anything, doesn’t describe anything in particular really.

I love nature: it is immensely important to me. I love to escape to wild places: I would love to live in the middle of nowhere, or to have a tree-house for weekends; to be closer to nature.

And what is it I seek in nature?

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 silent landscapes. I love the qualities of silence to be found in nature.
How to write about such silence? It is not noisy, tiring or disturbing, like our outer lives. It is an interior quality of nature, as if one is hearing with an inner ear; as if the body can be still, and listen to the many soft and hoarse sounds, and the silent voices of rocks and canyons. It is a silence that for me is full of wakefulness, the serenity of millennia.

These natural sounds, so nice to listen to, have the power to awaken the imagination and to create images; images you can really see, that eventually become refined and honed into delicate jewellery. In order to be inspired, and to create, the most important thing is to create harmony between time and silence.
When I am in this silence, I can ask what is really important to me, what do I really need; what do I value; what can I offer? What can I give to others? What is the best I have in me?

Silence feeds our imaginatings. Silence is peaceful. Early in the morning in the silence, I can hear myself think, and this is the time when the best creations are born.

Silence gives me time out. It gives me space to process my experiences, to concentrate and purge my thoughts and ideas. In a world full of continual distraction, it becomes increasingly difficult to tune out all the noise and to just hear myself.
We can talk to many people, but with how many of them do we feel comfortable when silent? It is a measure of a relationship. And many people are uncomfortable with silence, in relationship and in nature.
For me, however, it is the most important thing we can enjoy – time in nature, drawing its silence into us.

I am more about feelings than about seeing: I love to feel what I see. 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, these are all part of the great Silence of Nature.


Silence inspires…….


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Black silver: what it REALLY is…



Black silver: what it REALLY is…

It is very common to say that black silver is oxidised silver, however there is another term that is used, but not as often as oxidation. It is patination. I was really confused when someone told me that my work looks not like oxidised silver but like silver with patina, as, yes, it is patina. So my thought is to cut through this confusion and explain the difference between the words oxidation and patination.

Technical jargon:

To start with OXIDATION: some argue that silver cannot be oxidised, as in this process there is no oxygen involved. Oxidation reactions are commonly associated with the formation of oxides from oxygen molecules. Oxidation is defined as the loss of electrons; no oxygen or an oxide is necessarily included in such reactions, as other chemical species can serve the same function. So it seems that the process, which makes sterling silver black, could be called oxidation. For sterling silver to form the sulphide it is necessary that the silver give up electrons, but the reaction of sulphur on sterling silver causes sulphur corrosion products, called ‘tarnish’ or sulphides, and not oxygen corrosion products, oxides.

  • Put simply: Forget oxidation! And corrosion – your silver jewellery will not rust away like a piece of old iron. The minute particles of sulphur and sulphuric acid in the air [sulphides] are enough to create a chemical reaction that tarnishes silver. It is a natural process, and takes place more vigorously when silver is exposed to air than when it is kept covered. See below at *.

More technical stuff:

Jewellers are not referring to redox [oxidation-reduction] reactions when they use the term oxide but to the corrosion process in which oxides are formed. The confusion is that at some time in the jewellery industry, all forms of corrosion – sulphide, chloride, oxide, sulphates – have been classed as oxides rather than being named for what they really are. So it is accurate to say something has been oxidised when no oxygen is present, but it is NOT an oxide on an antiqued or tarnished piece of sterling. The darkening is almost always a sulphide.

Now going to PATINA: (not too technical!!) *this is a coating of various chemical compounds such as oxides, carbonates, sulphides, or sulphates formed on the surface during exposure to atmospheric elements such as oxygen, rain, acid rain, carbon dioxide, sulphur-bearing compounds. Patination is actually a process in which many chemical compounds can be involved, including oxides for example, so oxidation can be called patination, but patination shouldn’t be called oxidation.

Interesting technical details

Patina can be described as a colour ‘tarnish’ on items produced by age, wear, and exposure to natural elements; or any such acquired change of a surface texture and colour through age and exposure. Tarnish develops as a chemical reaction. Darkened silver has a tarnished look caused by the compound silver sulphide, which forms when the metal is exposed to air containing small amounts of sulphur. Silver sulphide darkens the finish, creating blackened patches.

  • The patination of metals is one of the alchemical processes used by jewellers: different chemical compounds will produce different colouration. Patination is an ancient and arcane art.

How to look after your silver

A little bit about tarnish and how to deal with it… The best way to deal with tarnish is not to let it develop; the easiest way to do that is use your silver regularly. If you don’t use it frequently enough to prevent tarnish, store it properly in a specially treated silver bag after the pieces are wrapped in silver cloth.

Aging gracefully

As far as silver is concerned, tarnish is not the same thing as patina. Patina is a beautiful, natural cover, which protects silver; a lustrous finish that well-used and cared for silver develops, or it is chemically formed. As silver is a soft metal, every time it’s used it acquires tiny marks. These marks are part of the living finish of silver and this is why it is so special: the piece of work lives with you and changes, recording its time together with you. Patina can serve a deliberate contrast to the high spots, displaying the varying elevations of the piece to best advantage.

Patinated sterling silver doesn’t just look nice because of its distinctive black finish but it also has some advantages over silver. When silver jewellery is new it looks bright and shiny but after some time it loses its shininess and brightness, and tarnishes, but patinated sterling silver jewellery will not be affected by the tarnish and the tarnish will allow patinated sterling silver jewellery to take on a more patinated appearance.
It means that patinated sterling silver jewellery will look good and will remain in its original condition longer than sterling silver. Of course you need to bear in mind that the patina is only a surface on the top few layers of the metal and if the piece of jewellery is not well enough cared for, or is worn daily and comes into contact with many surfaces it won’t remain as black as it once was. It will still, however, retain its original beauty of form.


Time marks your jewellery. The air patinates it, giving it the beautiful sheen of age and grace. If your jewellery is black silver when you buy it, it is because the jeweller has worked chemical magic to produce that particular patina as part of its delicate design. Just like skin, the better the jewellery is cared for, the better it ages.


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