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Let's say I have a normal topaz and I drop it into an item. I then find two more normal topazes (topazei?) and I want to combine them. Can I then remove the gem from that item, and if so how will it effect the gem and the item in question?

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Yes, this is one of the Jeweler's abilities. It does cost gold, however, with more gold the higher the level of gem involved.

If you're not interested in getting the item back, you can salvage an item for the same result.

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    When does said jewler unlock? I'm only at the very beggining of Act II.
    – Emerica.
    Commented May 16, 2012 at 14:19
  • Act II 6~7 quest
    – Michel
    Commented May 16, 2012 at 14:22
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    Removing a gem does not cost anything anymore. I don't remember since when though, but a forum post says it was changed around Nov. 2016
    – DrFish
    Commented Sep 18, 2019 at 20:50
  • @DrFish Are you sure it is free now? I didn't manage to find a patch note mentioning it. The only thing I can come with is the 2.0.5 patch where the cost for unsocketing is lowered. Even in this "recent" guide it is saying that the player have to pay for unsocket gems. Can't test it for now, will give it a try when back home.
    – Zoma
    Commented Sep 19, 2019 at 12:46
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    In the last two seasons (17 and 18) it has been free. I played with two seasonal chars and can confirm that it's free. Might test with a non-seasonal char to be sure.
    – DrFish
    Commented Sep 19, 2019 at 13:00
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You can use the jeweler to remove gems from sockets.

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/artisan/jeweler/

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