Hello Barb: I would say yes to the wash the chill gel stuff off first
before pickling, and yes to the Quench items in water first and then
pickle. It has been determined that it is better not to quench
directly in pickle. Of course nothing with stones should be quenched.
I was wondering why you packed a diamond in chill gel? Diamond can
take the heat of soldering or welding 14K. Just make sure it's clean.
Just a note that an alternative to using products like chill gel is
to suspend the heat sensitive part of the item in water while
soldering. Here is a web site I made to explain how. Hope this helps.
Michael R. Mathews Sr. Victoria,Texas USA