With the rising cost of gold many retailers have switched to making lighter weight hollow pieces or making silver Jewellery then plating it in gold (Vermeil). Alternatively they use "gold fill" which is when a solid outer layer of gold is bonded, with heat and pressure, to a base metal such as brass. Gold Fill is hard wearing and solid but is difficult to solder without melting the gold and the fill together (good for wire-wrapping though!).Recently I've been experimenting with bronze, which when polished gives that lovely golden hue. The advantages of Bronze are that it is a solid metal and it's very, very strong. The disadvantage is that is tarnishes so there is a maintenance element to keep it "golden".
It also contains copper so if you have acidic skin we'd need to seal the metal with resin or wax (to avoid that green hue). As it does contain copper it might be a good candidate for those arthritis bangles though!
What do you think? If you have the Midas touch and all that glitters on you is gold, would you think Bronze might be another alternative? I'd love to hear your views :)