Gold is a timeless, classic metal that gives jewelry designs the look of luxury. Gold filled beads have a high quality standard. They are created using a process that fuses real gold (usually 14 karat) to a base metal during the production process. Gold plated and gold pewter offer a more economical alternative to gold filled beads and often come in antique finishes. Try using gold with jewel tones such as amethyst, emerald and ruby for a truly royal look.