White gold is not actually a natural metal. Vermeil — Means gold plated sterling silver or fine silver. This gives you a better idea of how much pure gold and how much of the alloy has been combined to create your special piece of jewelry. (Bonus note: Gold Plate is not to be confused with "Vermeil" (pronounced vehr-MAY), which is a thicker level of gold plating over sterling silver rather than a base metal. You might be wondering what is sterling silver? You might be wondering what is sterling silver? You might be wondering what is sterling silver?