Hi teachers,

A wooden frame (four sides) for a mirror.

Which vocabulary is correct to describe the color?

A golden color frame

A gold color frame

Thank you.

I see both as correct although I would say a gold coloured (colored) frame. Just in case you don't know color is AmE and colour BrE. It doesn't matter which you use as long as you use the same spelling rules for everything.
Hi Dave Phillips,

Thank you for your help. I am confused as to what is the difference between

A gold ring

A golden ring

Which of them is not made of gold, that mean one of them is imitation of gold, a fake product?

Thank you.

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Golden refers to the colour not the material.

A gold ring is made of gold.
Hi Dave Phillips,

I apologize that I have not yet mastered the difference. When I looked up the dictionary for both. They are synonyms.

Gold / Golden - Having the color of gold ,

1. Gold / Golden (adj) - having the deep slightly brownish color of gold; "long aureate (or golden) hair"; "a gold carpet"

2. Golden (adj) - Of, relating to, made of, or containing gold.

> In #1. A gold carpet would mean the carpet is made of gold, is it correct?

> In #2. Golden would mean gold too?

Thank you so much for your kind help.

After reading through this thread, it occurs to me that 'golden' collocates with very few nouns nowadays, being limited primarily to some fixed phrases like golden opportunity, golden locks, golden parachute, golden wedding anniversary.

'Gold', I think, is the choice for the color and the metal. A gold ring, a gold carpet, a gold frame, a gold bar. It is common sense, general knowledge or a clarifying question that determines whether colour or element is meant.
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Hi Mister Micawber,

Thank you for your help.

Could you tell me if I understand this correctly?

When referring to a gold-colored frame to a customer who is having her painting framed, I can also say "a gold frame" too. Because both she and I know we are talking about color.


Yes, indeed.
Hi Mister Micawber,

I understand now. Thank you so much.

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