Golden combat helmets, and maybe even golden assault/raid masks would be a great addition for those who strive for the "full gold theme" when this update goes up, +1
Also, what happens if you don't like the gold on an item for some reason? Do you have to stick with it forever, or will there be some kind of option to disable it?
As far as your question goes, it's pretty much just a cosmetic choice. you can probably trade it away for a similar stat variant without the gold if you really want to. Since they will only be available through uni/rare hauls, you'll probably get a little profit out of doing that ;)
Edited by FLoor, 12 May 2016 - 04:58 AM.