The Fil Au Chinois metallized threads are available in the classic gold, silver and copper, but also 15 other amusing colours such as red, violet, green or blue.
They can be mixed with other threads for lace or embroidery.
However, it must be noted that these threads have nothing to do with those used for goldwork, which do actually contain real gold.
The Royal School of Needlework site is worth looking at, to discover this and other method of embroidery.
The Fil Au Chinois threads can be distinguished by their labels: these metallized threads have a grey label, which is used for all our "fancy" threads, including the variegated and rayon threads. The cotton threads have a green label, the patchwork threads a pink label, the gloving threads a turquoise label and the natural silk a black label. It is the same colour coding for the cones.
These N°15 metallized thread reels are perfect for bobbin lace, crochet, embroidery and, of course, jewellery making, as they do not fray.