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Help from the experts? Repurposing glued pearls

yssie

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Hello all!

Thought I'd ask here before bothering a vendor.

I have pearls that have been half drilled and set as earrings or pendants (so - head pins & eye pins with glue). I'd like to have them unset, full-drilled, and strung.

Is this something that is generally doable?
What are notable exceptions or gotchas?
Is there anything specific I should ask about?

The pearls range in type and value. There are some (Sea of Cortez) that I most definitely would not want to damage.

FWIW I would be speaking with Hisano about this. Ideally I'd just send the SoCs back to the farm - but I'd really much rather not ship internationally, and I've had dreadful shipping experiences with MX in particular :(2

I would appreciate any advice!
 
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yssie

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Well, I talked to Fernando from Cortez and removing findings from SoC pearls is a "don't even think about it" so that answers that!

Still wondering about freshies and akoyas?
Does okay-ness of doing this depend on pearl variety, or mostly just how much risk you're willing to take re. destroying the pearl?
 

pearlsngems

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I'm surprised you have been discouraged from removing findings as there is a solvent that dissolves the glue, for the purpose of removing findings! It's called Attack. Sold on Amazon. I've used it. It works.
https://www.amazon.com/Attack-Solvent-Epoxy-Remover-GLU-250-00/dp/B018AW48UW/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=attack&pd_rd_r=cabc88e5-1c27-496e-ac1c-3294760aff99&pd_rd_w=EOlH6&pd_rd_wg=HUlx1&pf_rd_p=8ae6d416-c697-4484-b867-2340ed2c18c0&pf_rd_r=TQX3KG3QQ5EGTNV98YPT&qid=1568412619&s=hi&sr=1-1

Maybe Fernando was just concerned you'd botch it?

Or maybe the finding covers a blemish or defect in the pearl that would be exposed once the finding was removed. Let's say a pointy tip was filed down to fit the finding. The pearl might not look good enough to string after the finding was removed.
 
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ennui

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I'm late to the party, but I'm wondering why you'd want to do this.
Generally, the best pearls are selected for earrings and pendants, and it seems like a step backward to put them in a strand.
Half the fun is buying new pearls to match the pieces you already own (imho). :appl:
 

yssie

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Thanks for bumping this thread - I mean the to respond, then work got in the way and I never got back to it :confused2:

@pearlsngems Fernando indicated that Manuel was concerned about cracking and crazing. I did reach out to Hisano, who said the likelihood of problems is very small - but it’s not zero... So I’ve decided to just leave them be for now. They’re too pretty to risk!

@ennui That’s very true and exactly why I haven’t been buying pre-strung strands! I don’t have many pearls, and I don’t wear necklaces of any sort, only bracelets. I want the bracelets I do have to feature earrings-worthy pearls - and the only way to get that is to buy pearls individually, so that’s what I’ve been doing ::)
 

moneymeister

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Thanks for bumping this thread - I mean the to respond, then work got in the way and I never got back to it :confused2:

@pearlsngems Fernando indicated that Manuel was concerned about cracking and crazing. I did reach out to Hisano, who said the likelihood of problems is very small - but it’s not zero... So I’ve decided to just leave them be for now. They’re too pretty to risk!

@ennui That’s very true and exactly why I haven’t been buying pre-strung strands! I don’t have many pearls, and I don’t wear necklaces of any sort, only bracelets. I want the bracelets I do have to feature earrings-worthy pearls - and the only way to get that is to buy pearls individually, so that’s what I’ve been doing ::)
I bought and made a pearl peice or two. It is my understanding that there is a drill specially made to drill the pearls. You would probably need to seek out a vendor to drill for you. When I had some pearls custom drilled, I needed to know the hole size - so be prepared for that. I had a local jewelry shop drill a hole for a finding in a Tahitian and it was a serious cuss job without that specialized drill.

Some vendors do make pearl bracelets that have that level of quality with a special order.
 
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