Egyptians were the first to discover that if you hammer gold into really thin sheets, you can apply it to just about anything. There is actually an entire profession for goldbeaters. Which is something that I totally want to put on my resume. I mean, could you imagine the bar lines?
Along the way, these sheets of hammered and pressed gold came to be used on everything from home decor to culinary uses. Lately, people have been using gold leaf as a rolling paper. Talk about a fine smoke….
But I do believe that the most exciting use of gold leaf is the application to the skin. What could be more seductive than a beautiful woman with a glint of gold. As Charles Dickens said in Nicholas Nickleby, “Gold conjures up a mist about a man, more destructive of all his old senses and lulling to his feelings than the fumes of charcoal.”
A great video on how to apply gold foil jewelry:
Just, you know, don’t overdo it….