for uniques yes.
for regular items also (if propper forged), but depending what you do you can also make really cool regular silver items. uniques have an inherent offset of item level, but you can forge more levels onto regular items. just forging a regular item until its gold might not be better than a unique item.
i personally use some gold refined uniques while using other uniques unrefined. and make regular silver items atm that suit my needs better. i find them easier to maintain and i still need to catch up forging items. for me, gold is endlevel unless i really need them which is the case e.g. for my GK. atm he uses one regular gold item among a gold unique and 2 silver items. the gold regular replaced the other gold unique.
i find uniques great to get fast good values and you can use old items to level them up.
but everbody has its own style i assume, depending on their time and effort and gems they are willing to spend.
edit: for some gold refined uniques i like the better base stat compared to the bronce unique and for some i like the high perk value if they are unrefined.