Toe nail clippers are an exellent stone removal tool.
It takes a while to dig out the littlest twinklers. I remove the
colored stones and the larger diamonds that are much easier and
faster. I send my scrap to a proper refiner (no scrap dealers) and
they charge me a fee for electrochemically removing stones and
returning them to me. The fee differs from refiner to refiner, but is
usually a set amount per batch no matter the number of stones. I cut
out diamond encrusted sections and squirrel them away to send in with
a single batch and pay only one fee. Therefore I don’t pay a removal
fee for most of my batching. Check your fee costs and compare to the
amount of time spent removing stones. Less damages also,which
translates into a better return on materials. For me, it works.