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Nobody is making you buy anything silver at any price.  It's a matter of what you are buying and where and probably the labor and shipping outweighs (pun intended) the cost of the base metal in any case.  Especially silver.

 

 

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@CalminHeart wrote:

Silver is cheap. Anything they might mix with the silver is cheap. It's nice they don't charge more for larger sizes when the contents are so cheap.


 

@CalminHeart   No one who comes to me for a custom design in silver (with or without) stones considers silver cheap or not a noble metal. 

 

It's definitely personal preference. With my silver hair, white metals look much better now.

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Re: Gram Weight of Silver

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@rms1954 wrote:

Do you think it fair that they charge the same price for a bracelet that goes from XS to XLG, ranging from 26 grams up to 29.5 grams????


 

 

 

An average price is calculated to include all sizes. The small sizes will be over-priced compared to the larger sizes but not significantly enough to break it down. Not all jewelry is sold that way. Some jewelers sell by size. The larger pieces cost more in that case b/c calculating an average means significant differences in prices between sizes and a jeweler could lose money when selling the larger pieces if it was sold based on an average calculation and even more if the pieces contained valuable gemstones.

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Back in the 1980's and 1990's we would say a necklace or chain was of a decent weight if it was a gram an inch.  So unless you are buying a pretty heavy item, the silver cost doesn't really mount up in relation to the whole cost for a lot of silve items sold now. 

 

 

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That is why I buy the biggest size offered, and then either take the stone out to make  a necklace (,if I buy a ring) or make a pair of earrings out of the extra links if I buy a larger bracelet. I don't wear rings much, hands are ugly but have some really awesome necklaces from a single stone from the rings---DD makes jewelry so she can set the stones in castings as well as for earrings too. Plus I can sell that silver when I have a good sized pile---think it is a very good deal!!!

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Re: Gram Weight of Silver

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New jewelry is always more expensive then what the metal is selling for.  In gold and platinum it's the gram weight and how much diamonds are added. Bottom line, gold & platinum are precious metal. Many people consider silver semi precious.I certainly do.  Especially Sterling. I dislike the tarnish.   QVC still charges the same amount  no matter what the size in silver. Even UltraFine. People have to buy silver jewelry now, because gold is out of reach in price.  As a result demand for silver jewelry pushes up the price. I can understand QVC backing out of the jewelry business.  

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@Shanus wrote:

If you came with me when I purchase my silver in sheets to make cuffs and earrings, you'd know silver is not a cheap, inferior metal. 

 

The sheet silver at Amazon, I assume retail price, is about $42 for a piece 6" X 1". That's enough to make one average (7") cuff. The ideal size is 6" with a 1" gap when on the wrist.

 

Of course, I usually buy silver, sheets and wire  at wholesale prices in large quanities, so the price is less. 

 

 

 

 


 

Cheap is relative. In my earlier post calling silver cheap, it was in comparison to gold. $42 vs. $150++ per gram is a big difference. I was checking stock prices yesterday and gold was $1,879. It's a little less today.

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I think this subject is pretty nit picky for clothing and silver.  But what about gold?  I've occasionally wondered about the size 4 and the size 11 in substantial rings.  

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When I was in H.S. ( early 60s) the standard price of sterling was $1 an ounce and gold cost $10 an ounce.   So long ago!