There is no part of the universe where gold is not valued whether it comes unrefined or refined. You may not always find refined gold but the good news is that there are refiners who can do the work. Be careful who you choose as your refiner because the product is too precious for you to lose. Even though you have the names of accredited gold refiners at hand, there are questions you have to ask yourself before deciding on who to settle for. Prior to paying for the services or agreeing to work with a particular person, you ought to make sure you have talked about time it will take to get the finished product. You should expect anything from several days to weeks. If the purity levels are high then the refining time should not be long. Also, be careful about people who promise to do the work in a day because there is a high possibility that they are taking shortcuts. If you are ignorant of what is going on around you then you might be overcharged. You ought to follow up on all the charges because it is the only way to make sure you are paying for what you are getting. Do not take word-of-mouth when it comes to refining because if it is written, it can be used as evidence anywhere. Do not fall to the flat fee deals because most of the time they will not hold.
You should get an explanation on whether it is the material you take for refining that will be worked on and submitted back to you. You should not expect to get the gold you took there. The professionals usually do sampling, settlement, and assay determination and then combine it with other materials for refining. Nevertheless, do not confuse this to mean the product you submitted will be decreased or increased when you are getting the refined product. You will be receiving pure gold but not necessarily from the batch you delivered.
Not all gold that is mined in various places in the world will hold the same value. You need to ask about the analytical methods used in determining gold value by different refiners. Cupellation is the popular method in determining gold value all over the world. Do not be too trusting in terms of the assay because even the loss of one gram might be too big of a loss and you need to get some of your product to be analyzed by someone else just to confirm the assay results. It does not mean you do not trust the refiner and if he or she is a good business person he should understand the reason for this. In case of assay results which do not match, you ought to know how such a conflict is resolved.