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Question on sterling cufflinks

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Saw a nice pair of cufflnks on Ebay described as "solid sterling (92.5) plain oval cufflinks." I don't know much about metals and was wondering if these are decent, and how much one should pay for them.
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Saw a nice pair of cufflnks on Ebay described as "solid sterling (92.5) plain oval cufflinks."  I don't know much about metals and was wondering if these are decent, and how much one should pay for them.
.925 is the standard designation for Sterling Silver. I'm not positive, but I believe that it means that the metal is 92.5% pure silver. Silver is a very innexpensive metal, despite what companies selling silver cufflinks at a premium might have you think. There's only a dollar or two of silver in even the largest of cufflinks, when the silver is purchased at current market prices. Really, you pay for the design with all jewelry. There are such huge mark-ups it's sick.
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So $12 for a nice looking pair of silver oval cufflinks is not abusive, although highly marked up?
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So $12 for a nice looking pair of silver oval cufflinks is not abusive, although highly marked up?
I'd say that's fair. Silver fluctuates at around $5-$7 an ounce. Right now it's at about $7 an ounce. You're paying for the time it take so make the links, and the design. $12 sounds like a very fair price. They sound like a classic design that you'll get plenty of use from.
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And it's not marked up much at all.  If it was stainless steel it would be ( ) but not for silver. I was more referring to the cufflinks sold by Dunhill, Thomas Pink, etc. that cost $125-$250+ for just solid sterling silver in some design, with maybe a touch of enameling.
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They are made from silver to the required (British) standards of Sterling Silver (925 parts Silver, 75 parts other metal). At one time the States produced "Silver" with 900 parts and central Europe with 800. Basically all silver items produced now are to Sterling standards and will be hallmarked.
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