United Precious Metal Refining, Inc. – Full Circle of Capabilities



United Precious Metal Refining, Inc. (UPMR) is the largest US-owned primary refiner and among the top three alloy manufacturers for the jewellery industry globally. Since 1988, they have been servicing both the pawn and jewellery industries.  Recognized for their commitment to the environment and meticulous implementation of compliance procedures to ensure responsible sourcing, UPMR is proud to service tens of thousands of customers worldwide.  UPMR’s unique corporate structure combines refining and analytical services, jewellery products, technical research and development, with unmatched customer service. 

As a PRIMARY REFINER, all metals are processed and refined to a purity of .9999 fine in-house at UPMR’s facility in Alden, NY. The scrap is recycled to make new jewellery products that are used by manufacturers around the world to make new jewellery.  UPMR processes GOLD, SILVER, PLATINUM and PALLADIUM.  They specialize in refining for the jewellery industry, processing everything from scrap to polishing sweeps.  From the smallest karated scrap lot to the largest, their advanced technology provides their customers the maximum returns, with the most competitive charges, on karated and dental scrap, crucibles and slag, silver scrap, polishings/tort filters, filings and grindings, tools, carpet, sludge, floor and bench sweeps, and stone removal and frosting.  UPMR offers numerous Settlement Options such as check/wire transfer, products, Fine Gold bars or coins and pool accounts.

More than just a Refiner, UPMR is a global supplier of metals for the jewellery industry. UPMR’s products, including but not limited to solder, wire, sheet, tube, master alloys, karated grain, bullion and sterling silver (made from 100% recycled gold and silver), are world renowned with distributors in 22 countries including the USA, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, England, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Singapore, S. Korea, S. America, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and UAE.

Innovation has always been at the core of UPMR’s product division developing renowned formulas for gold, silver, platinum and palladium jewellery. Housing a state-of-the-art analytical laboratory, UPMR’s equipment is able to detect all payable metals in their customers’ refining lots thus offering higher returns and superior service. Their state-of-the-art research and development lab allows for more in-house development and testing of their jewellery products. Their team of metallurgists alongside their technical department are able to now take a product from concept to casting and finishing – all done in-house to ensure a user-friendly experience for their customers. In addition to the metallurgists and tech team, United employs a jeweler who is able to test products in their R&D Lab. From casting to soldering and finishing, they can test the metals throughout every step of the process. New tests currently being conducted in the R&D Lab include Melting Range Tests on Gold & Silver base jewellery alloys (precious metal alloys), solders & repair materials.

UPMR truly has a full circle of capabilities. They continue to strive to make your company more productive with improved products and innovative services. The combination of their innovative master alloys, expertise in refining, and over 30 years of industry experience, it’s no wonder their customers refer to them as “Simply the Best.”