Lusters are metallo-organic preparations that are used for decorating substrates like glass or ceramics to give the substrates a glossy and usually iridescent coating in different colors. Lusters are based on precious metals as well as non-precious metal components dissolved in oil and resin systems. Just like bright golds, luster preparations contain adhesion promoters which assure a strong connection between the luster coating and the respective substrate after firing.
During firing, all organic components (resins and oils) burn off and a metallic luster layer remains. This luster layer is only a fraction of a micrometer thick and thus even thinner than bright gold layers. The extremely thin luster layer sets the limit in terms of chemical and mechanical resistance as well as dishwashing durability.