Many think "bold" when they hear "gold." Jewelry manufacturers and their adoring consumers, however, are defying that association this year by turning out soft and sensual designs in gold that has been spun, woven, or otherwise crafted for a soft, flexible presentation. Thanks in large part to technological advances, gold can be manufactured into fine, threadlike strands that are woven into various designs. Other manufacturers and designers are taking a less radical approach to their creations, but still following the trend toward flexibility. From chain mail to fabriclike weaves of chain to the soft drape of multiple chains, gold is softening its image in 2005.