I am thinking of adding gold leaf to my Stewart Stephenson challenge piece.
This is my test piece where I applied gold leaf to the back of the challenge piece to see what it would look like. I then put that into Photoshop and added it to a photo of my challenge piece. It wouldn't look exactly like this but it gives you the general idea.
Thanks everyone for your replies and opinions. The gold is winning. If I do add the gold, it will be in smaller quantities than the mock up and it will look like the first photo. The pieces of gold will be smaller than what is represented in the mock up. So I'm leaning towards adding the gold but I haven't made a final decision yet. I do think it needs just a bit something else and the gold might be it in small quantities.