How to Refine Gold Jewellery – Inquartation Methode (DIY) P. 1

Hi everybody In this video I will demonstrate the refining
of gold from old karat jewelry. Here’s our scrap gold, 36.12 grams of 18 karat
and 33.05 grams of 14 karat. The first step in this process is to calculate
the amount of silver that should be added in order to make the alloy into a 6 karat, meaning, one quarter of the alloy is gold
and the rest is silver or copper or other elements that are soluble in nitric acid. For inquarting, I always use scrap sterling
silver. This basically gives the opportunity to hit two birds with one stone as I also get to refine the silver from the scrap sterling. For the amount of 18 karat scrap i have here,
I’ll need to add 72.24 grams of sterling silver and for the amount of 14 karat scrap I’ll
add 44.03 grams. All in all, the result is 185.44 grams of
6 karat gold alloy. You can calculate it yourself… Or you can
simply use the calculator on my website… it’s pretty self-explanatory… here’s the
link. I’ll leave it here in the corner for a while.. Alright… The next step is to melt everything
together. Keep in mind that the alloy needs to be homogenous…
so that means to stir the liquid metals thoroughly. Of course, if you are melting the scrap with
an induction furnace, stirring is not necessary. To granulate the metal, I will pour the molten
metal into a bucket filled with water from a height of about a foot and a half. The water
depth is about 14 inches. OK… here we go… Pouring the molten metal from this height
produces shot which has large surface area, quite similar to corn flakes. The metal granules are placed in a reaction
vessel and placed on a hot plate. Here you can see the addition of the 50/50 nitric acid
solution. That means half of the solution is 70% nitric
and the other half is distilled water. The nitric leach usually takes about 2 to
3 hours at near boiling temperature. The acid will dissolve all of the silver and
other base metals such as Copper, Nickel and Zinc into the solution. Here, I have decanted the solution which reveals
the gold sponge. As you can see, the structure of the corn
flakes is still intact. This is exactly what we want because it is easier to wash this
way. Keep it intact as it is very brittle. By the way, some refiners would choose to
perform another Nitric leach at this point using a slightly more concentrated acid, meaning
1 part distilled water and 2 parts 70% Nitric. I find it useful as well. The next step is to clean the gold sponge
from the silver and base metals solution. To do that, we will wash the sponge several
times with boiling hot distilled water. Repeating these washes three to five times
would be enough. The wash water is kept separate so it could be re-used on the next batch. Time to dissolve the gold with a hot Aqua-Regia. Two things happen immediately as the Hydrochloric
acid is added: first – Some Silver Chloride forms and re-dissolves, we will deal with
it later on in the process. Second – Some gold starts to dissolve and
give color to the solution. As the solution heats up, you can clearly
see the gold being dissolved before any Nitric acid addition. I have time-lapsed the gold dissolution, though
even at this speed you can clearly see whenever a small increment of nitric acid is added.
Every addition is allowed to react until it is exhausted. The point is, to add just enough nitric acid
to dissolve the metals. That’s it. Please, do NOT follow recipes that calls for
pre-mixing the Aqua-Regia. Just in case you are wondering, here’s a little
behind the scenes snapshot of the setup. If you have any question about it, just leave
it on the comment section below. When the dissolution of the gold is done,
the solution is diluted three times over with water to precipitate the traces of Silver
chloride that was previously dissolved. Again, I forgot to film it, but a few milliliters
of Sulfuric acid were added carefully to the dilute gold solution to precipitate traces
of Lead just in case there was any in the solution. The gold solution is left to stand overnight
to cool down and precipitate Silver chloride and Lead sulfate.

50 thoughts on “How to Refine Gold Jewellery – Inquartation Methode (DIY) P. 1

  1. One day I will buy all of this equipment and rule the world with it. Don't ask how. There is no plan or logical reasoning for this.

  2. sir, its a good demonstration i also like, subscribed that. but is it possible to do without having low karate gold , or by using silver instead to get gold. i will be happy for your response. and i need your skype id can you please give me i will keep it personal and send it on [email protected] ok .

  3. I have a few questions. First, how do you dispose of the waste acid? Second, how do you get the silver out of the waste acid?

  4. Hey indeedltdoes,

    I have watched many videos of yours because I have a suitcase full of jewelry (24k) gold lave.
    But I find it too dangerous to do what you do with
    the jewelry but that is why I maybe a good proposal for you,
    I want to sell my jewelry to you for a good price.
    if you are interested let me know


  5. im new in gold refining, im putting together my tools, what king of glass condenser are you using, please reply, im a beginner

  6. How much nitric acid did you go through with the the hot Aqua Regia? Not including the Nitric leach?

  7. Can you describe a litle that aparature that you used in that photo ,i dont understand it for what is used.thanks

  8. mate i need toget incoduct with you immediately. I have plent of precipitate and also consentrate but no expertise to refine the au. I hav a very rich site too

  9. I have plenty old cellphone with me that i to want remove the pure gold from it,but i don't know the common chemical that   easy to get in  the market  to do this. i have try it once with Nutry acid .I Mex half part of water and half part of nutry acid to dissolve the gold from the old cell phone. i put the cellphone in the mix nutry acid for 8 hours, from there i sifter the liquid acid contain the gold with clean sifter. After that i took another  clean contain and tune the  sifter liquid in to it. I put copper in to this  liquid for 14 days, i saw plenty yellow dust in to bottle,  but i don't know if  that dust is real gold,so i try to clean the yellow  dust with acid, i dissolve yellow dust but i don't  know the best and easy chemical to remove pure gold from this liquid.So i here to know the type of chemical that i should use to do this proses .

  10. hello

    why when nitric acid was added, my flakes (gold inquarted with silver) were not disolved?

    what can I do to get those disolved?


  11. I see a tub of water in your setup there. What is its purpose. Also how do you deal with the gasses that are emitted from the acids? Thx

  12. Excellent video on the "at home" process of refining gold. Please send a list of all supplies needed, including chemical and your recommended heating sources. I have been buying scrap gold for some time now and would like to begin refining it myself to save for personal investment. Plus it looks like an awesome hobby to get into! Thank you.

  13. Dusring the washing steps, would it not be beneficial to use a glass rod to break up the bigger chunks for better washing? Are not the cores of these big chunks in need of cleansing, but unaccessed because it's a big chunk?

  14. This may be a noob question, but why do you not just melt down the 18ct gold and poor it into a mould and the same with 14ct, 12ct or 9ct?

  15. ive seen "recovered" gold bars on ebay, i know there low purity, but im wondering how low? any one know anything here?

  16. hello …, few days ago i tried to dissolve a gold object, but i do not give a nitric first, directly into the aqua regia process, and my water solution colour is green. is it wrong…??? thank's

  17. 2 questions, if i dont have silver , can i use copper ? . and if i dont know how much silver to use ,can i just add equal amount of the gold i want to inquart

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