Buying Jewelry is confusing enough without throwing in the different terminology. I have compiled a short list of terms used in gold descriptions. The good news is that buying gold is much less complicated than you may think. Unlike diamonds and gemstones, gold is very straightforward, as long as you familarize yourself with karatage.
Filigree: Thin gold wire strands interlaced into a pattern.
Gilt: Gold plating.
Gold Plated: A thin layer of gold applied to a base metal.
Gold Vermiel: Sterling Silver with a layer of gold fused to it.
Solid: Per US Stands, an item with atleast 10K gold content, which is 41.7 percent gold. Gold is often combined with other metals to strengthen it for daily wear.
Karatage: Karat refers to gold purity or the parts of gold used in a piece out of 24 parts. In Canada and Mexico, the minimum legal standard for gold is 9K and 8K
Rhodium: A metal in the platinum family. Many white gold pieces are often rhodium plated because it makes those items appear shinier and whiter.