process of hammering gold into an extremely thin unbroken sheet for use in gilding

Goldbeating is the process of hammering gold into an very thin gold leaf for use in gilding. 5,000 years ago, Egyptian artisans became the first goldbeaters and gilders. They pounded gold using a round stone to make the thinnest gold leaf possible.[1]


  1. Nicholson, Eric D. (1979). "The ancient craft of gold beating". Gold Bulletin. 12 (4): 161–166. doi:10.1007/BF03215119. ISSN 0017-1557. S2CID 137269531.