Photographic Silver

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We refine:

  • dental gold & platinum.
  • silver wire.
  • jewellers off cuts.
  • Silver / platinum / gold thermocouple wire.

Photographic Silver Flake

We refine silver from photographic waste also known as flake silver we also buy offcuts from jewellers . we purify & refine the photographic flake silver into pure 999ag silver ingots.
The flake silver a grayish brown solid contains in dry weight between 50% to 65% silver (silver quality varies). We refine this into 999ag pure silver bars then we send it of to Birmingham assay office to be assayed & hallmarked.


We pay between 20p & upto 26p per gram today for silver flake

(Dry powder flake weight) & all other silver waste products i.e. waste from jewellery makers.
We are buyers of all types of photographic silver waste, silver wire,electrical silver components & offcuts from jewellery makers.
Please note that the price of Silver and other precious metals fluctuates on a daily basis.
We update our prices twice a day 7.30am & 4.30pm.

Refining the silver flake from photographic processing waste requires numerous processes using some very corrosive acids i.e. nitric acid, hydrochloric acids & borox powders which in turn reduces the overall weight of the silver flake sent due to the acids dissolving the non silver metals & other contaminants.

We have a simple three-step system.

It's so simple to sell your photographic silver waste to use.


  1. You send your silver flake to us so we can dry, crush & assayed a sample for silver to verify purity of the batch.
  2. We kiln dry the flake powder at around 300c for 3 hours to drive out any moisture in the flake . We then have to calculate the deductions of non silver metals in the consignment such as copper, zinc, & other trace metals that will be dissolved in the refining process. We do a assay test to determine silver quality, we then contact you with the purity test & total weight of the dry silver flake powder & with the pre-arranged price per gram (Dry powder flake weight). Contact use the day you send your silver flake so we can issue a updated price per gram. we will honer this price for 14 hours before re-assessing
  3. We will send your Cheque or Cash payment the very same day, or payment by FPS this is normally in your bank within 2 hours. The choice of payment is yours.


We offer FREE faster payments system (payments in your account within 2 hours).  unlike other companies that are charging £7+for this service.

This simple three-step system removes the pitfalls of sending your silver flake (photographic silver) to most refineries i.e.

  1. Refineries normally charge refining fees (from 12% to 18% of the weight sent)
  2. When they kiln dry the silver flake powder to drive out moisture they will reduce the overall volume by about 9% & upto16% & they normally deductions between 40% to 50% for the non silver metals that will be dissolved in the refining process.e copper, Nicol & other non silver trace elements.
  3. You can expect to wait up to 2 to 3 weeks for your payment.
  4. Because you have to wait up to 3 weeks for payment if the price of silver drops before they send your payment off you could be substantially worse off

Why Choose Us.

We have no refining fees

When we dry the silver flake to drive out moisture we only reduce the overall volume by 3.5% maximum & we only deductions maximum of 30% for the non silver metals that will be dissolved in the refining process.
You receive your payment within 24hours Guaranteed.
You will now the price we are going to pay per gm before you send your silver flake off to us.
Note we charge £1 for every £100 cash sent by post for cash payments this is to cover p&p + insurance as we always send by special delivery.

The (Not So) Small Print

There's No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
Beware of the TV Adverts & Web sites that never say How Much they will pay. Offering to buy your scrap gold/ scrap silver at amazing prices!! Yet never say how much their scrap gold prices are per gram or want to Pay your Postage & insurance. Remember YOU are paying for all the fancy advertising costs / Postage & insurance Removal of stones/gems. Nobody Gives Anything away for free just ask who is paying for that TV advert?? 

They always recover their costs from YOU 

Kitchen Scales
Please remember that your ktchen scales are not 100% accurate and should be used as a guide only. Our specialist jeweller scales are calibrated to ensure accuracy. When we receive your items we carefully weigh them to the nearest 0.01 Gram to ensure we give the Best Value.

Costume Jewellery ...
We are unable to accept Costume Jewellery, Gold Plated / Silver Plated Items & Rolled Gold Items.


Pop in for the best price on the high street. 

95 Newgate Street, Bishop Auckland. DL14 7EW.

Open Monday To Saturday 9.30 am till 3pm

Tel: 0742 705 4286



We sell second hand gold & silver Jewellery.

Come and visit our shop at: 95 Newgate Street, Bishop Aukland. DL14 7EW.

Open  Monday to Saturday 9.30 am till 2.30pm

Tel: 0742 705 4286   or email:

Walk in with your unwanted items - Walk out with instant Cash!!
We Now Sell Second Hand Gold & Silver Jewellery.

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