At Alexander Lamont we use pure gold and silver leaf for gilding. The gold is hammered by hand in Thailand. The leaves are then prepared on a vellum pad, cut by gilding knives and lifted by special brushes before being applied by hand onto a lacquer, shagreen or bronze surface. The translucency of precious metal leaf means that to achieve a shiny result, the surface must be perfectly smooth and polished. Gold and silver leaf is extremely thin but will last many years if not rubbed or touched excessively.
Gold tarnishes slightly over time while silver oxidizes faster. At Alexander Lamont we believe that tarnishing is a beautiful aspect of real gold and silver that does not occur on faux metals and that it should be regarded as part of the metal’s ageing and natural patination process.