I was trying on some DY pieces yesterday and the SA told me that most of his silver and gold (like bracelets etc) pieces utilize a gold plating where the gold is layered over sterling. One of the bracelets I was looking at was in the $600 price range. That is a lot for gold plating.. don't you think?! The bracelet was mainly silver with a few gold links. I thought they were real 18K links until she told me they were not. I was shocked to find out they were plated for that price!