I emailed support at Shapeways to find out if the gold plating is real gold or not, but I am confused on the answer I received: "Thank you for your email. Our Gold Plated is not real gold, this is a model which will be printed in Stainless Steel and after this the model will be put in a bath with Gold. Maybe we are going to introduce real Gold as a material in the nearby future, but this is not something I can tell you for sure. " So this is not real gold,but some sort of gold-tinted looking alloy? Can somebody tell us what it is? Isn't it the law disclose what the materials actually are comprised of and it should implicitly say if something IS Gold or NOT Gold? You can't say it's Gold if it's not Gold.