Toledo has developed a very important industry in this craft better known as Gold Toledo. It serves as identification sign of the city. In this gallery we can understand the process of this beautiful art.
Ornamentation technique called damascene metal is of great antiquity, being the favorite decoration for weapons and armor from time immemorial. It basically consists of embedding a precious metal such as gold or 24K .925 fine silver thousandths other current metal such as steel, copper, iron, bronze, etc. This combination of different metals as a result provides a great beauty of real metal marquetry.
There are numerous examples in museums such as the Metropolitan of New York, the Army Museum and the Royal Armouries to the Royal Palace of Madrid … where we can find swords, armor, guns, saddles and so on of damask elements.
Being a form of oriental inspiration and craftsmanship behind the Arab presence in Spain for seven centuries, it is logical that this technique sink in deep among Spanish craftsmen, who learned and maintained until today, mainly in the city of Toledo, undoubtedly because of its ancient tradition of swordmaking, manufacture of armor and works on metal.