At the flea market yesterday, I bought this belt buckle with what looks to be a fairly nice piece of turquoise, about an inch in diameter.
The buckle is just cheap silver plate , but I'd like to get the stone out to make a pendant. The problem is that I believe the cabochon is glued into the bezel , which in turn is riveted to the buckle.
I'm aware that a lot of turquoise is resin stabilized, and this is where my concern comes in - I'm afraid to use any kind of heat to soften the glue, so I'm scratching my head as to the safest way to remove the stone.
Does anyone have experience removing something like this ?
Thanks for any suggestions ,
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