United Precious Metal Refining, Inc. – Exclusively serving the Jewellery & Pawn Industries

United Precious Metal Refining, Inc. (UPMR) is the largest US-owned primary refiner and among the top three alloy manufacturers for the jewelry industry globally.



Since 1988, they have been servicing both the PAWN and JEWELRY 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 services, jewelry products such as karated grain, master alloys, wire, sheet, tube and solder, and analytical services.

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 jewelry products that are used by manufacturers around the world to make new jewelry.

UPMR processes GOLD, SILVER, PLATINUM and PALLADIUM.  They specialize in refining for the jewelry 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 jewelry 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 jewelry. 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. They understand manufacturing processes and equipment used in jewelry manufacturing. 

UPMR’s unique corporate structure combines its exceptional levels of detail and customer service, refining, analytical services, and innovative jewelry products. This combination of products and services and their financial strength and stability are just some of the reasons they are able to navigate through shifting market conditions as well as industry trends since 1988.

Their philosophy is simple, their success can only come from your success.  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.”