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Articles of gold coloured by gilding the surface to provide a different hue. It was done mainly in the 19th century to conceal repairs when a matching gold was not available or when necessary to conceal oxidation resulting from soldering an article decorated with engraving or engine-turning where damage to the design might result from use of a bath of sulphuric acid.
From: An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry, autor: Harold Newman, publishers: Thames and Hudson