Gold & Platinum Refining
Shor has refining systems for gold, platinum and silver. Our gold and platinum system, the Simplicity, works without any acids. We strongly recommend the Simplicity refining system over any type of acid refining system. It is far safer, cleaner and easier. However, we carry supplies for acids systems as well. Our Storm Precipitant, for example, works very well in all acid type gold refining systems. It's far less expensive and has a virtually indefinite shelf life. Additionally, should you wish to construct your own acid type refining system, we have instructions for setting up and running.
(The Simplicity is best suited for solid metal. For computer
parts and other e-scrap, see the SubZero process further down on the
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 are over 8,000 units in use today and from just 2003-2008, over 6 metric tons of gold were refined in these refining systems. We estimate that our customers, by refining their gold themselves, have saved over $12,800,000 in just the past 2 years!
There is nothing in your shop that you can't refine yourself (though things like polishing sweeps do require some preprocessing).
Here's how it works:
Scrap gold and platinum is composed of several metals; gold, copper, zinc etc. Using a battery charger or rectifier and the Simplicity, your scrap gold and/or platinum is stripped (dissolved) into a special salt-water bath. A special ceramic cell prevents the metal from plating out of the water. To the water is added 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. The water is then poured off and the fine gold particles are rinsed, dried and melted. The result is gold of 99.95% purity with losses of metal left dissolved in the waste water of less than .01 dwt. If desired, the other metals can be removed from the water by the addition of aluminum foil.
The Simplicity Gold Refining System
Price $595 complete with supplies.
- Safe - no acids, cyanides or toxic chemicals
- no smells
- 99.95+% purity (every time, even your first refining)
- 100% return, no losses (even when you have no experience)
- Costs only $595 to buy, $1-2 per ounce of scrap gold to run. Usually pays for itself in 1-2 days.
- Requires only about 30-45 minutes your time to run
- Requires about 1 hour per oz. machine time to run
- Lifetime warranty
- 30 day money back guarantees
- Easy to operate - Requires no experience. Comes with both video and written instructions. As with all our products, Shor provides free, on-line tech support 7 days a week.
- Over 8,000 units sold since 1986. Over 6 metric tons of gold refined in these systems in just the past 5 years
- Dual capacity. Run batches up to 1 kilo or up to 5 ounces
- Refines karat gold, bench sweeps, polishing sweeps, ultrasonic sludge etc. (Many things, such as sweeps, require preprocessing. Instructions for these are included).
- Compact. Only about 1 cubic foot in size.
- Versatile. Refines any karat of gold. Karats can be mixed.
- Automatically dismounts stones from jewelry with no damage to stones (even very soft stones) and no labor for you.
- Refines platinum too!
|Simplicity Consumable Supplies|
|GC Salt||5 lb Bag||GCSALT5 Buy||$19.95|
|GC Salt||50 lb Drum||GCSALT50 Buy||$159.95|
|OdorFree Precipitant||1 lb. Bag||ODORFREE1 Buy||$19.99|
|OdorFree Precipitant||10 lb||ODORFREE10 Buy||$139.99|
|Catalyst||Single Packet||CATALYST Buy||$15.99|
|Catalyst||10 Pack||CATALYST10 Buy||$139.99|
|ScrubPowder||1 lb||SCRUBPOWDER Buy||$11.99|
|ASR Alloy||5 ounces||ASR Buy||$9.99|
|Anode Pouch||Each||AnodePouch Buy||$19.99|
|Ammonium Chloride||1 lb.||AmChloride Buy||$11.99|
|See a brochure on the Simplicity with more information, including details on consumable usage.|
Consummables for Preprocessing Material for both Acid and Salt Water Refining Methods
Sodium Hydroxide (industrial strength) for preparing bench sweeps
Also known as lye or caustic soda. Add water and simmer in a Pyrex or Visionware pot for 1 hour. Removes rouge, shellac, rubber wheels, iron filing and even deoxidizes your bench sweeps. all in one step! Sodium hydroxide is a hazmat item
Sodium Hydroxide (5 lbs.) LYE Buy Price $24.99
Citric Acid (industrial strength) for neutralizing sodium hydroxide & other strong bases
The only acid approved by all governmental agencies for use in neutralizing caustic solutions like lye. This is not a hazmat item.
Citric Acid (1 lbs.) Buy Price $11.99
SubZero and Supplies for Gold & Platinum Refining by the Acid Method
|Product & Stock#||How it is Used||Quantity||Stock#||
|Storm Precipitant||Used to precipitate pure gold from aqua regia or saltwater 1 lb. is sufficient for 1 lb of dissolved metal||1 lb Bag||STORM Buy||$11.99|
|10 lb Bag||STORM10 Buy||$99.95|
|50 lb Box||STORM50 Buy||$449.95|
|Precious Metal Detection Liquid||Used to determine that no more precious metal is dissolved in aqua regia or saltwater solutions. Sensitive to 4 parts precious metal per million parts acid or water. 1 bottle lasts about 1 year.||Bottle||TESTLIQUID Buy||$19.95|
|Ammonia Detection Liquid||Used to determine that your gold has been thoroughly washed and is very pure.||Bottle||AmmoniaTestLiquid Buy||$4.95|
|Ammonium Chloride||Used to precipitate platinum and palladium from aqua regia solutions.||1 lb Bag||AmChloride Buy||$11.99|
|Urea||Used to neutralize nitric acid before precipitating. There are no alternatives to urea other than diluting with massive amounts of water. The amount required for any refining batch may vary greatly from batch to batch.||1 lb Bag||UREA1 Buy||$9.99|
|10 lb Bag||UREA10 Buy||$79.99|
|SubZero||Powdered nitric acid substitute. Non-hazmat!
Safe to ship via UPS with no hazmat fee and no danger. This material is pH neutral and is only a substitute for nitric when added to hydrochloric or muriatic acid. See the following page for instructions for refining with SubZero.
|1 lb Bag||SUBZERO Buy||$11.99|
|10 lb Bag||SUBZERO10 Buy||$99.99|
|Instructions for Nitric/Hydrochloric Aqua Regia Refining||
Always use great care when refining with aqua regia. There is always the potential for getting burned when working with acids.
Scrubber for SubZero
Designed for SubZero but will work for nitric acid aqua regia systems as well. This is a passive system and requires no pumps other other positive or negative air displacement apparatus. System includes both scrubber cylinder and a cylinder for dissolving your metal. This system is designed to be used when dissolving your metal but it can also be used when precipitating your pure precious metal. Works for both gold and platinum refining.
SubZero Scrubber System Stock# SubZscrubber Buy Price $79.95
|Simplicity Refining System Instructional DVD for Computers
Good overview of the Simplicity gold and platinum refining processes. Digitally mastered tape. Includes additional interactive instructions program. Running Time 22 minutes
Shows the basic refining process in an easy to understand format. Covers the chemicals, acids and equipment needed to recover gold from workshop waste with actual step by step demonstrations of the refining process for the precious metal wastes; sweeps, karat gold and stripping sediment. Running time: 58 minutes.