nice cufflinks from Paul Stuart

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by The_Foxx, Nov 21, 2004.

  1. The_Foxx

    The_Foxx Senior member

    Messages:
    3,903
    Likes Received:
    1,910
    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2002
    Location:
    Northern VA, USA
    some great cufflinks on the Paul Stuart holiday catalogue....for those of you who like gold, you can pick up a pair of engine-turned, double-sided gold ovals for $80-- good deal. http://www.paulstuart.com/categor....eNum=12
     
  2. ernest

    ernest Senior member

    Messages:
    2,564
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2004
    Location:
    PARIS
    Not too bad but this is not gold. Just plated gold.
     
  3. Stu

    Stu Senior member

    Messages:
    2,351
    Likes Received:
    11
    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2002
    Location:
    Princeton
    Ebay's a great place to find the real McCoy. I picked up a pair of 14k double-sided links, probably 100 years old, from a British seller for about $45 the other day. A friend of mine who is a jeweler told me that on gold content alone they were worth $100 or so.
     
  4. ernest

    ernest Senior member

    Messages:
    2,564
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2004
    Location:
    PARIS
    A picture please.

    But ebay is also a good way to fall on a bad items, no?
     
  5. Stu

    Stu Senior member

    Messages:
    2,351
    Likes Received:
    11
    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2002
    Location:
    Princeton
  6. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

    Messages:
    7,805
    Likes Received:
    66
    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2003
    Location:
    Heart of America
    I've not purchased gold links on ebay (yet) but I've gotten some good deals on sterling ones. There are great deals to be had without question.

    Nice classic links, Stu. You'll wear them for the rest of your life and pass them on. Are you going to have them engraved?
     
  7. shqiptar

    shqiptar Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    81
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2004
    Location:
    Toronto
    It's a hell of a buy. I hate to buy from e-bay, but maybe I should change my mind.
     
  8. Stu

    Stu Senior member

    Messages:
    2,351
    Likes Received:
    11
    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2002
    Location:
    Princeton
    Well caveat emptor. I made sure I did my research -- asked for all stamp marks and such and then emailed the info to a wholesale jeweler friend in San Diego.

    I figured even if I got peeled, they looked great and for a decent price. I figured bidding would get out of hand, but they just flew under the radar.

    As it turned out, they are legitimate. Don't know if I will get them engraved. Yellow gold as it is is a bit ostentatious for me, don't know if engraving them would be over the top.
     
  9. cuffthis

    cuffthis Senior member

    Messages:
    826
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2004
    Location:
    New Hope, PA
    Stu,

    Kudos to you for purchasing vintage cufflinks over new ones. As you found, there are GREAT buys out there on vintage cufflinks. Simple supply and demand. There are more vintage cufflinks out there made of precious metals then those interested in them.

    Go out hunt boy, hunt.

    I will be out there hunting with you. 2,000 + pairs are not enough for me. I am still searching for more.

    But I am not obsessive.
     
  10. jester

    jester Senior member

    Messages:
    184
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2004
    Location:
    New York, NY
    cuffthis,

    Perhaps you would be willing to share some of your hunting tips? Those, of course, that wouldn't cause interference with your own personal quest.
     
  11. Stu

    Stu Senior member

    Messages:
    2,351
    Likes Received:
    11
    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2002
    Location:
    Princeton
    Actually, I just looked at the stamp again and my links are 18k, not 14k. Contrast this with the ones at Charles Thrywhitt, which are 9k and going for $225 or so.
     
  12. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

    Messages:
    7,805
    Likes Received:
    66
    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2003
    Location:
    Heart of America
    18k links for that price really is impressive. You can find 10k and 12k pretty reasonably on ebay. When you move up to 14k the prices understandably go up as well.

    The markups on new cufflinks must be ridiculous.
     
  13. shqiptar

    shqiptar Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    81
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2004
    Location:
    Toronto
    I paid for my new 18k golden links can$500, and I still consider it a very good deal. Bought it from a small chinese jewelery dealer at a very unasuming area.

    But, yours is a big steal. I wouldn't engrave them though.
     
  14. cuffthis

    cuffthis Senior member

    Messages:
    826
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2004
    Location:
    New Hope, PA
    Glad to share how I acquire cufflinks for my collection. The following are some of my methods for acquiring vintage pairs at favorable prices:

    1. Ebay
    2. Antique shows and flea markets
    3. I have about a dozen "pickers" throughout the country who buy for me. They know what I want and will buy them for me when they see them at good price points.
    4. Advertising in antique and auction magazines
    5. Networking with button collectors. They often come across cufflinks and don't want them.
     

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by