Gold Leafing / Gold Gilding

Gold is a chemical element with the symbol Au (from Latin: aurum) and atomic number 79. Humans used Gold for centuries because of its dense, soft, bright, and malleable properties. People are using Gold in various forms throughout history. Since ancient times, they use it to make jewelry, coins, decorative items, and also for Leafing and Gilding. Rajas and Maharajas loved Leafing for centuries in their Palace interior as well as exteriors. Moreover, they valued it for its timeless beauty and elegance.

What is Gold Leafing

Gold Leafing is one of the most prominent ancient art. Indeed this decorative art was discovered when a tiny piece of Gold was beaten down into a delicately fine sheet of gold. These fine sheets of gold were then overlaid onto an object, an art which is now known as Gold-Leafing or Gold Gilding. In short, the process of covering and decorating the surface of the objects with a thin layer of gold is called Gold Leaf Gilding. The Gold sheets used in this leafing process are incredibly thin, typically measuring just 0.1-0.2 micrometers thick. This thinness allows for a high level of versatility in the gold leafing process, as the gold can be applied to a wide variety of surfaces, including intricate designs and curves. Basically, two types of Leafs are available for Leafing. i.e

24 Ct Pure Gold Leaf

Genuine 24k Gold Leaf consists of pure Gold. 24 Carat Gold Leaf does not tarnish. The oldest material used for decorating Palaces as well as Religious places is Pure Gold Leaf.

Imitation Gold Leaf

Synthetic or Imitation Gold Leaf consists of Copper and Zinc alloys. Composite Gold Leaf, Synthetic Gold Leaf, and Dutch Gold Leaf are some names for Imitation Gold Leaf. Imitation Gold Leaves is very cost-effective. So it is an affordable alternative to 24 Carat Pure Gold Leaf and therefore a much-used material. Moreover, Synthetic Gold Gilding looks almost as shinier and more stunning as 24K Gold Gilding.


Uses of Gold Leafing

Gold leafing is a timeless classic that adds warmth and elegance to any room. So, it is ideal for use in high-end interiors. It adds a touch of luxury to traditional and contemporary homes alike. You can use it to create a stunning focal point as well as to highlight a specific area in a room. It adds shimmer and grace to the applied surface or object. E.g.

Gold Leafing in Interiors

Interior Designers add Gold Leafing on various interior surfaces such as Walls, Ceilings, Pillars, and Moldings to create a stunning visual impact.

Furniture and Decor

People enhance their furniture and decor items, such as Beds, Sofas, Wardrobes, Doors, Mirrors Frames, Photo frames, Dining Tables, Chairs, etc. with Leafing to add a touch of glamour to any room.

Religious Items

When applied on religious items such as Mandir Walls, Domes, Kalash, Angi, Mukut, Dhwajadand, Carvings, etc. it provides a rich and elegant appearance.

Artistic Pieces

Artists use Leafing to enhance beautiful and unique pieces of art that serve as statement pieces in any room.

Wall Art

Hotel owners use Gilding or Leafing to create stunning works of art that serve as focal points in Hotels, Restaurants, and Conventional halls. The shimmering gold surface can create a mesmerizing effect and draw the eye to the artwork.


At Gold Silver Leafing Art, we take pride in delivering exceptional Gold Leafing Services that meet the specific needs and expectations of our clients. Whether you need a simple touch-up or a complete overhaul, we have the skills, tools, and experience to get the job done right. Contact us today to learn more about our Leafing services and to schedule a consultation with one of our experts.