Manetti gold leaf, a Florentine tradition exported throughout the world

Pure gold leaf is an almost impalpable layer of precious metal, obtained by subjecting an ingot to 10 processing phases. Thanks to its extraordinary thinness, gold leaf can be applied to almost any surface and is ideal for gilding any rigid or flexible material. There are two primary gold leafing techniques: water gilding (an ancient practice, used today for both the gilding of new projects and for restoration, where the gold leaf is applied to historical works from previous eras) and oil gilding (a simpler and faster method where the gold leaf is laid directly on a sticky adhesive composed of water, alcohol and/or varnish).

Gold leaf books

Available in various formats and thicknesses the genuine gold leaf books are ideal for restoration, for oil gilding and water gilding on elaborated surfaces and for transfer leaf application on flat surfaces both indoors and outdoors. Each book contains 25 leaves.

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Gold leaf books

Gold leaf rolls

Ideal for rapid and accurate gilding of large, flat surfaces, gold leaf rolls are easy to cut into the size needed for each application.

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Gold leaf rolls

Gold powder and shells

To apply with a brush, powders and shells are the best formats for any retouching and for carved or highly irregular surfaces.

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Gold powder and shells

French cut leaf

Preferred by the most expert gilders, the French cut leaf is especially popular on the French market. Each book contains 25 leaves.

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French cut leaf

Gold leaf film for hot stamping

Used above all for hot stamping onto leather, gold leaf rolls are supplied on a polyester and beeswax support.

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Gold leaf film for hot stamping

Extra thick gold leaf

Resistant to very high temperatures, extra thick genuine gold leaf is used for artistic decorations on glass. Each book contains 25 leaves.

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Extra thick gold leaf

Available in various thicknesses, Manetti pure gold leaf can be purchased:

  • in the classic loose leaf format (ideal for decorating both carved surfaces with the water gilding technique or smooth surfaces with the oil gilding technique);
  • in the transfer leaf format (suitable for decorating flat surfaces and external gilding, only with the oil gilding technique);
  • in the French cut format (used primarily by French gilders, with the leaf right to the edge of the booklet);
  • in rolls (pure gold leaves are laid on a roll of tissue paper, forming a continuous layer of pre-overlapping leaves. Rolls are used for gilding large flat surfaces or outdoor decorations.

To guarantee a legally impeccable procurement that respects ethical market practices, particular importance is placed on where we buy the raw material for our gold leaf. Manetti gold is certified no-conflict gold and is monitored along the entire supply chain. Traced from its extraction, our gold is purchased exclusively from banking institutions authorized under international regulations and, once it is transformed into Manetti gold leaf, it is traceable right up to the time of sale to the consumer.

Gold leaf, range of applications

Gold leaf is used for gilding carved and smooth surfaces, in wood, glass, stone, metal and plastic. In recent years, gold leaf is also being used on leather and fabrics. Thanks to the various types of formats available, it is suitable both for the gilding of large surface areas and for fine detailing.

Gold leaf for art, decoration and restoration has a wide range of applications:

  • Architecture
  • Interior design
  • Exterior restorations
  • Interior restorations
  • Statues
  • Theaters
  • Special applications
  • Lettering
  • Gates of buildings

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How is genuine gold leaf produced?

Gold leaf is produced through a multi-stage process:Fusion: Our pure gold is melted and fused with other noble metals at high temperatures and then, the incandescent liquid alloy is poured into a mold and cooled, Lamination: Rolling machines are used to reduce the thickness of the ingot. In the first phase, called “roughing”, the gold is flattened to just a few tenths of a millimeter. In the second phase, called “finishing lamination”, cold rolling cycles and annealing rolling cycles are alternated to make the metal softer. The end result is a gold sheet with a thickness that can only be measured in microns, Beating: Beating is performed in several cycles: the thin gold foil is cut into small squares, inserted between sheets of paper in special packages, and beaten by mechanical hammers, Smoothing: In this phase, the gold leaf is entrusted to the skilled hands of goldbeaters. The goldbeaters pound the gold leaf with 5 hammers of various shapes and weights, making the surface perfectly smooth, Cutting: The last stage of production involves placing the leaves on a leather cutting cushion and hand cutting them with a special double-bladed knife. After performing this operation, the cutter uses wood pliers to insert the leaves into tissue paper booklets. The art of cutting is rooted in the ancient craft of gold beating, and mastering this skill with precision requires a long period of training and apprenticeship. To summarize, what is Manetti gold leaf? It is a precious veil that we create with micrometric precision, backed by a centuries-old knowledge of the art of crafting gold and meticulous quality control at every stage of production.

Made in Italy with 24-karat gold

From bulk gold leaf in 24 karats to 6 karats, we offer a myriad of possible choices, in a range of 26 different colors.
Among our colors, we feature the great classics: Yellow Gold (extra, light, dark, and RU), Red Gold, Green Gold, White Gold and the special colors, Caplain, Moon e Champagne. In 2021, we became the first and only company to create and offer 22-karat rose gold leaf in our catalog, the result of eight years of research!
Since ancient times, gold leaf has been a symbol of luxury and elegance. Manetti gold is synonymous with excellence and tradition: each sheet is produced and packaged inside our plant in Florence.
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