Guilding and Reguilding

Gravestones • Engraved or Carved Stone Signs

Guilding is the art of applying gold (or other precious metal) leaf to the carved letters in slate signs, marble or other stone surfaces. The art of guilding dates to pre-Biblical times and may be found in artifacts from ancient Egypt, Rome and extensively in Medieval and Rennaisance Europe. The Chinese art dates to the earliest cultures and artifacts.

This ancient craft has been kept alive by hand-craftsmen over many centuries and is still practiced by the most skilled of artisans even today.

When the guilding wears over time, it can be replaced by a skilled craftsman to "like new" condition by replacing the leaf or “reguilding”.