A film about the place of gold in the system of chemical elements, its properties, use, role and significance in the history of social development. Mendeleev's table. Experiments demonstrating the effect of nitric, sulfuric, hydrochloric acids, aqua regia on gold. Mountain landscape. Mountain ranges, glaciers, waterfall. A pile of golden sand. Gold nuggets. Drawings depicting the extraction and search for gold, jewelry, the experiments of alchemists. Gilded sculptural and architectural monuments of art. Chronicle footage: gold mining and washing by prospectors, gold mining by dredging, smelting of gold in an industrial environment, ready-made gold bars; the automatic chip collector is working; spacecraft in flight. Solar battery. Showcases and sales area of a jewelry store. Customers at the shop windows. Close-ups of various jewelry, including monuments of art. Processes for making gold leaf. A gilder restorer applies gold leaf to wood carvings. Gilded domes of the church and church objects. Divine service in one of the churches.