Hi all, Can anybody tell me the best way to remove a cameo from
an earring setting ?
Unless you can convince your client to convert the earring to a
pendant (so that you can simply modify the existing finding), I
think you will have to carefully cut away the existing setting, and
most likely destroy it. Ask her to consider that alternative. It
should be much less expensive. You describe the bezel as "rub over"
so that means to me it’s so tight that you don’t want to risk prying
the bezel edge away. I’d start by sawing or drilling at a 45 degree
angle through the bezel edge on the back of the mounting first.
That’s the most likely place for a void (hopefully there is no
adhesive). If you inadvertently touch the shell, damage will be
slight and it won’t show in the final mounting. Once you’ve gotten
through and can better see what is inside, carefully extend the hole
by sawing up the side of the bezel. That should loosen the cameo a
bit, making it easier to saw or cut through the bezel on the
opposite side if necessary. After that, the cameo should be easily
removed unless it was glued in place. Your fee should reflect the
risk you take in removing the cameo. The best of luck. Let us know
how it turns out. Judy in Kansas
Judy M. Willingham, R.S.
B.A.E. 237 Seaton Hall
Kansas State University
Manhatttan KS 66506
(785) 532-2936 FAX (785) 532-6944