...Is there an easy and quick way to remove diamonds from
Basically, you have to remove the metal holding the stones.
Seperating disks are sometimes more effective in grinding that away
than are sawblades, if you really must just grind it all away. Be
sure to hold a fingernail on the table of the stone while doing
this so it doesn’t catch on the disk and fly away…
One trick, with beads or prongs that are discrete enough to work
with, saw a cut with your sawblade or a thin seperating disk just
behind the prong, angled towards a point just at the bottom edge of
the girdle. Stop just before touching the stone, not actually
attempting to cut the bead off. The prong or bead, now greatly
weakend and at the top of this thin vane of metal, can now be
simply folded back away from the stone with ease. The advantage of
this is that it also bends away from the stone those thin shreds of
metal that so annoyingly manage to still be holding the stone when
you actually cut the bead off.
In some rings it can work to grind off all the beads etc, and
finding that somehow the stones are still held, now cut the bottom
of the shank, allowing you to bend the whole stone set top into
what amounts to a much smaller ring size. This expands the distance
across the top of the stones, loosening beads easily, and usually
allowing stones to just drop off. Doesn’t help with clusters, but
with in line strips of stones…
A final method, if this is a major problem, is that you can
dissolve the gold in aqua regia. doesn’t hurt the diamonds at all.
nasty acid, though. Some refiners will do this as well, accepting
jewelry with diamonds still set, and returning the diamonds after
they’ve dissolved off the gold.
Hope this helps.