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Removing Simulated Opal

Have you found a solvent to safely remove simulated opal inlay in a
14k ring? Three parallel bands are set at a diagonal across the top
of this ring. The bands are approx. 1.5 by 1.5 mm., and are polished
flush with the surface. Welding is required close to the inlay, and I
don’t think heat sink will protect the inlay. (I use propalene and
oxygen, mini torch).

Any help appreciated

 Have you found a solvent to safely remove simulated opal inlay in
a 14k ring? 

Very, very, very carefully heat the shank, watching the inlay
intently. Do not allow the heat to rise and heat the part of the
ring that has the inlay. Have the top of the ring to the left or
right of where you are heating. If you see the inlay rise, or the
glue starts to smoke, take the heat off immediately. Do not quench
until ring is cool enough to hold in your hand. Repeat if necessary.

Richard Hart

    Have you found a solvent to safely remove simulated opal inlay

one more time people: uncommon conglomerates, inc. has a debonder
developed for removing cyanacrylic glue from skin. i know from years
of experience that it removes any type of adhesive made by man from
any material, including turquoise, pearls, fabric, lips, anything!
without damaging stones, metal, thread or skin. it is much better
than ‘attack’ or other chemical killers advertised to remove
adhesives. to order go to:

it is $14.50 for an 8 oz bottle that will last longer than you think

  • unless you’re into ‘heavy bonding’ - or go to the uncommon home
    site at: / and click onto paleobond and then
    ’catalog’ and work your way down to item #400-08, ‘debonder’. it is
    one of very, very few items i recommend to others.

who is uncommon but has no association with uncommon conglomerates, inc.

With inlay, the chemicals,which ever, have little if any chance of
getting behind the inlay. You can soak it in chemicals, and
ultrasonic it, but they do not penetrate down the side and behind the

I have soaked them overnight to no avail…then I heated the ring
being careful to not directly heat the inlay. That is what worked
many times when soaking did not work. If an inlay piece falls out,
you can soak it to remove the glue, but to get the inlay out…fire
is good.

Sometimes I wonder if the people who respond to posts have practical
experience. I do…30 years…

Richard Hart