Re: Removal of mother of pearl buttons - HELP!
yeah, you're not going to want to put a lot of heat on them, or pressure, or just about anything other than your fingers...
It's either you chip/wreck the pearl or grind away the bezel, and pearls are a lot cheaper and easier to put in than doing a lot of soldering.
I would really try to strip the horn with-out taking the pearls out or worst case is the stuff that eats off the laquer would eat the pearl.
if that happens I'd glue the new pearls in with a little epoxy. Or use a little epoxy when setting them back into the same bezels.