Gold & Platinum Refining by the Salt Water Method
Shor carries everything you need to refine gold, silver and platinum group metals.
Our saltwater system, the Simplicity Refining System works without acids or other toxic chemicals. This system is suitable for refining jewelry, bullion, coins, jeweler's bench sweeps and other similar material.
Our aqua regia system, the Shor Aqua Regia Gold & Platinum Refining System, uses no nitric acid, is completely self-contained and employs an integrated scrubber to clean and neutralize all fumes before they are exhausted. This system uses the revolutionary Quadratic Precipitant and MX3 concentrated dissolving agent.
We also have all of the chemicals you need for refining, including both chemical compounds and mixtures developed by Shor R&D (such as Quadratic and MX3), complete chemical kits like the Aqua Regia Starter Kit, as well as the more common chemicals such as sodium nitrate and sodium metabisulfite. All at very competitive prices. Comprehensive instructions are available on all of these products, as well as free, no-charge technical support.
Note: The SaltSystem is best suited for solid metal. For computer parts and other e-scrap, we recommend the Aqua Regia Gold Refining System.
To be blunt, if you don't already have one, you either weren't aware of its existence or you've made a costly mistake by not buying one before. It's that simple.
There is nothing in your shop that you can't refine yourself (though things like polishing sweeps do require some preprocessing).
How does it work?
- Using a battery charger or rectifier and the SaltSystem, your scrap gold and/or platinum is stripped (dissolved) into a special salt-water bath.
- Add a powder which turns the gold, but not the other metals, back into solid form. While the pure gold drops to the bottom as small particles, the other metals remain dissolved.
- Pour off the water, and then rise, dry, and melt the resulting fine gold particles.
The result is gold of 99.95% purity with losses of metal left dissolved in the wastewater of less than .01 dwt. If desired, the other metals can be removed from the water by the addition of aluminum foil. A molecular sieve plate prevents the metal from plating out of the water.
Platinum group metals are refined in a similar but slightly different method. The platinum refining process is detailed toward the end of the training video embedded below. Using the aqua regia method, it is difficult to effectively separate one platinum group metal from another because the precipitants tend to precipitate small amounts of more than one pgm at a time. With the SaltSystem, typical purity of each pgm is 99.99%+, even rhodium!
100% gold recovery.
This system includes a very simple-to-use test kit that will detect as little as four parts of gold per million parts of solution, ensuring that no dissolved gold is lost.
Even if you have no prior experience refining, the metals yielded by the Simplicity is always of 99.95% or greater purity.
Safe + Odorless.
No acids, harmful fumes, or toxic chemicals. Owed in part to our new Quadratic Precipitant, the SaltSystem refining process is safe to use.
Easy to use.
Requires no experience. Comes with both video and written instructions. We provide world-class phone and digital tech support for all of our products (even if you don't buy them from us!)
Refines any karat of gold (even mixed karats), bench sweeps, polishing sweeps, ultrasonic sludge, and more. Refines platinum too.
Stones are safe.
The SaltSystem automatically dismounts stones from jewelry with no damage to stones (even very soft stones) with no extra labor.
5 ounce capacity. Requires only about 30-45 minutes of labor, and a running time of about 1 ounce per hour.
We guarantee it.
When you buy the SaltSystem, you receive a lifetime warranty, and if you don't love it, we back it with a 30-day money-back guarantee$975.00
GC Salt is an electrolyte. When added to water, in the Simplicity Gold & Platinum Refining System, it dissolves gold. It is formulated with characteristics uniquely suited for the Simplicity Refining System.
GC Salt is non-toxic and odorless.
Neutralizes the alkalinity of the cathode-side solution.
Alkalines corrode ceramics, such as the GC Cell, so it is very important to neutralize them. GC Salt incorporates buffering compounds to neutralize the alkalinity of the cathode side solution.
Dissolves the 5-6% silver content.
Alternative chloride-based formulas and compounds dissolve 0% silver content, thereby severely slowing the dissolving of gold. GC Salt however dissolves the 5-6% silver content that is typical of 14 karat gold.
Avoids making a mess.
GC Salt incorporates flow agents, allowing it to pour easily without clumping. It also dissolves readily in warm water.$34.95
The Catalyst is used to start the dissolving process in the Simplicity Refining System. It’s kind of like a starter motor for a car: once the process starts, as long as the electrical current continues, and as long as there is still gold to dissolve, the metal will continue to dissolve. Each small packet is sufficient for 4 refining batches, regardless of the size of the batch.
Each bag contains 1 teaspoon of catalyst. Available individually or in packs of ten. 1/4 teaspoon is required for one batch.$15.99 to $139.99
- This exciting new product makes gold refining much easier and more comfortable. After over a decade in development by Shor’s R&D department, this powdered precipitant has been perfected to meet all of the characteristics you've been asking for, including:
$19.95 to $159.95
- Unlimited shelf life
- Gold precipitates as heavy mud, commonly referred to as “sponge,” making filtering unnecessary.
- Precipitates pure gold from all chloride-based solutions, including: saltwater, nitric acid-based aqua regia, SubZero based aqua regia and all other chloride-based solutions.
- Very selective; precipitates only gold, of at least 99.95+% purity.
- Over a decade in development by Shor R&D. Field tested by hundreds of users.
- Reasonably priced.
- Sodium metabisulfite (also known as sodium bisulfite) is an affordable and effective selective precipitant for gold. This chemical can recover up to 99.95% of pure gold when the precipitated gold is thoroughly rinsed. It works well even at room temperature. This product has a chemical grade purity of 99.98%.
Proper ventilation is required. This precipitant has a very strong, pungent, acid odor and is corrosive.
Precipitated gold particles vary in size, but tend to be small and float easily in the rinse water. For this reason, special care must be taken to avoid accidentally pouring off gold with the rinse water.For video instructions, see:$9.95 to $39.95
Storm Precipitant is used in the Simplicity Refining System. Add 1-1/2 tablespoons of Storm Precipitant for every ounce of dissolved metal, then cover immediately with plastic wrap.Advisory: Storm Precipitant is extremely pungent and should only be used with proper ventilation. For a less-pungent alternative, see Quadratic Precipitant.$11.99 to $449.95
Don’t want to hang rings on a silver wire or solder a wire to your ingot?
Got little pieces of metal you don’t want to melt into a bar?
The Nickelodeon is what you need.
Just insert the Nickelodeon into your Pouch, with its graphite rod extending out the top. Connect your DC power supply to the top of the rod and drop your rings or other scrap gold into the Pouch. The rod has a plastic sheath covering its entire length, except the top and the bottom. The rings will make contact at the bottom and your DC power supply clip will make contact at the top. It’s that simple.
For use in the Simplicity Refining System.$39.95
- Add to high silver content gold to reduce the percentage of silver. 5 ounces content.$9.95