How to Remove Stones from Jewelry?

by Caroline.

How to Remove Stones from Jewelry?  - Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal

How do you remove stones from jewelry? Some stones are already missing, but I could reuse the remaining stones if I could get them out of the setting.

Thank you for your help.


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  • Ann says:

    I bought a fine dental tool – for scraping plaque i believe – at a class over the summer for this purpose….
    I’ve also seen other instructors carefully use and exact-knive.

  • Hi Caroline, if the stone is held in place by prongs, you can use chain-nose pliers or a small, sharp knife to gently pry the prongs away from the stone. I’ve never had to use heat for opening prongs.

    But if you can’t get the prongs open, I suppose you might experiment with heat.

  • Barbara Sims says:

    I bought the dental at the dollar store.
    Some glue will soften if put in a jewelry cleaner overnight.
    I heard rubbing alcohol works well but not to soak overnight.
    I use the alcohol for melting the old was on my kitchen floor.

    Thank you Rena, love your blog 😉
    Barbara Gene

  • Great tips, Ann and Barbara! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Barbara Gene, thank you so much for your lovely comment! And I appreciate that you’ve been part of the JMJ community for so long. 🙂

  • Be careful with cleaning solvents or alcohol with rhinestones. The fluids could remove the foil backing from the glass stones.

  • April says:

    If it’s a vintage piece and you suspect it’s held in place with glue, try warming it before removal

  • April, thank you for sharing that great tip! 🙂

  • Kimmy says:

    Do you have to heat the claws to move them please

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