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gold leaf tesserae (mosaic gold) - 24k gold-leaf tesserae are made up of a glass support layer (usually transparent, sometimes coloured) less than one centimetre thick. The 24k gold metal leaf is then sandwiched between the support and a thin protective glass layer (the cartellina).  In tesserae the colour shade is determined by the purity of the metal, the thickness of the leaf, the colour, if any, of the cartellina and of the support.

How big are mosaic gold pieces?

mosaic wavy gold 00101   We stock Orsoni mosaic gold in 2 sizes, the standard size Orsoni hand cut pieces are approximately 3/8" x 3/8" x 3/16". 

mosaic gold thick base 02000  note: one exception mosaic gold 00200 is 3/8" x 3/8" but has a 1/4" yellow tinted base (used to match height of thicker tesserae.)

mosaic wavy gold 3/4"x3/4"   The larger size is a bit more regular in size and measures 3/4" x 3/4" x 5/32". 


How many pieces of mosaic gold are in 1 pound?

There are approximately 380 pieces of the 3/8" x 3/8" x 3/16" mosaic gold per pound.  The quantity does vary as each piece is hand cut, in fact, no two pieces are alike.

There are approximately 118 pieces of the 3/4" x 3/4" x 5/32" mosaic gold per pound.

How many pieces of mosaic gold do I need to cover a square foot?

To cover 1 square foot, we would suggest ordering 2.5 pounds of mosaic gold which does allow for some waste.

Can mosaic gold be used on floors?

Yes, we have 2 mosaic golds made especially for use on floors; mosaic wavy gold 01011 & mosaic platinum gold 01020

All Orsoni mosaic golds have a thin layer of glass over the 24k gold leaf to protect it but these 2 golds have a clear crystal base so that they may be applied gold face up or down. 

Gold face down, the thicker layer of glass adds extra protection to allow for foot traffic without the loss of the brilliance of the 24k mosaic gold.

I don't see a color that I have ordered from Orsoni in the past, can you order it for me?

We certainly can, Orsoni has many mosaic gold colors available. If you can supply us with a stock number or a sample we'd be happy to special order it for you.

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