I just have to put my 2cents into this forum.
Instead of removing the post, just bend it into a circle, attach it
to a chain or add several other stones to make a pair of drop
To bend the post without damaging the pearl, is to grasp the post
near the pearl with needle nose pliers and with round nose pliers
grasping the very end of the post, slowly bend the post into a
circle. If this is done just once, the post doesn’t have to be heated
in order to make the metal pliable.
I have created many earring this way without breaking the pearls or